This question concerns Max gums. Recall a month ago he had two occluded lower canines. Luckily they seem to have found a position slotted in between his upper incisor/canine teeth (though they are still making contact with the upper gums and creating a black circle where they meet.
I also noticed the edge of the upper incisor/canine gums seems inflamed (left and right side). Only the teeth that border these occluded canines though. Rest of the gums are healthy.
(You will also notice the last of his deciduous teeth is about to fall out).
I have an appointment with a vet dentist next Monday. But I wanted to know if any of this requires immediate attention.
Dr. Marie replied:
Good evening Jay. Thanks for the great picture:
It looks like there is indeed some inflammation at the base of each deciduous (baby) tooth. This is probably because the tooth is crowded next to the adult tooth.
It doesn't look like the area is infected at all. I think it's just a little inflamed.
I likely wouldn't do anything for this. It's not likely to be causing him much discomfort. I think it's perfectly ok to wait until his dentist appointment on Monday.
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That makes sense. Because the upper canine and incisor both show signs of inflamation and from what you've said, its the pressure from the lower canine finding it's way between them that's causing it, correct?
As for that little deciduous canine beside the adult canine, I will be happy when it falls out.
PS, switched him to Science Diet last Thursday... SO FAR he has eaten every meal. Fingers crossed.
Dr. Marie replied:
Yes, it sounds like you're understanding.
Oh, I am glad to hear that he is eating well!
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