Pulpitis by definition is inflammation of the tooth pulp. The pulp is the inner part of the tooth that consists of blood vessels, nerve endings, lymphatics, and connective tissues. In pets the most common reason for pulpitis is traumatic force to a tooth, either from blunt trauma or chewing on items that are too hard.
These teeth often appear discolored (pink, purple-to-gray). Because the pulp is enclosed within a hard rigid chamber, any inflammation can rapidly increase inner pressure and restrict blood flow. Eventually, pulpitis most often progresses to pulp and tooth death.
Full article Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry: Discolored Teeth (Pulpitis)
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Like humans, dogs and cats have baby (deciduous) teeth that are replaced by permanent teeth as they mature.
In some cases, the animal will gain the permanent tooth but fail to lose the baby tooth, resulting in what is termed a “retained deciduous tooth.”
Read more at about.com: Retained Baby Teeth – Why does puppy has two sets of “fangs”?
Filed under: Deciduous teeth, Oral health, Retained baby teeth
December 16, 2010 • 6:16 am
VOHC authorizes the use of the VOHC Registered Seal on products intended to help retard plaque and tartar on the teeth of animals.
Read more at Veterinary Oral Health Council: Helping to Control the Most Common Disease in Dogs and Cats Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
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