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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Why do dogs grind there

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Why do dogs grind there
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Here's what the National Pet Dental Association has to say about bruxism - the grinding of teeth: "Dogs that grind their teeth (bruxism) need veterinary attention to stop the wearing down of tooth enamel that can lead to fractures, pulp exposure, tooth infections, and painful teeth and gums. This teeth grinding can be attributed to jaw abnormalities, and stress/anxiety, but may also be a signal to a bigger issue. Bruxism is usually a symptom of some type of pain, most often abdominal or mouth pain.Treatment for canine tooth grinding begins by finding the initial problem causing the issue. If your dog is grinding its teeth because of jaw misalignment, you may want to consult with a veterinary orthodontist to correct the problem. Dogs with anxiety or stress may need anti-anxiety medication and behavioral therapy to address the teeth grinding. Your veterinarian can recommend a course of medical treatment if your dog’s teeth grinding is a result of abdominal distress." Please let me know if there are concomitant symptoms that might localize the etiology of D Man's bruxism. Any previous medical history could be valuable as well.