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Gingival Hyperplasia

Anyone ever deal with this?
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yes! Saph was at the vet a few months ago. We did a round of abx because she also had blood around her upper molars. But at the re-check my vet said since there is no change in size or shape, we will just observe. If it becomes intrusive, we will remove it.
VZ-dobermans gave me some great advice- try PM-ing her.

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Yep, Malia has it. Anything particular you wanna know?
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know lots about gingival hyperplasia as my rescue boxer girl suffers from it - BADLY! Poor baby...I spent $2400 last year on getting her dental surgery as she kept getting infections from all the bacteria and crap...I couldn't believe the difference after the surgery, she was soooo much happier and no more infections. I brush her teeth every night now to keep the tartar and plaque in check. The dental surgeon said brushing her teeth was going to be the only way to keep it from coming back.
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Just any advice on how to hopefully keep it from coming back. Anything anyone wants to add will be appreciated.


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know lots about gingival hyperplasia as my rescue boxer girl suffers from it - BADLY! Poor baby...I spent $2400 last year on getting her dental surgery as she kept getting infections from all the bacteria and crap...I couldn't believe the difference after the surgery, she was soooo much happier and no more infections. I brush her teeth every night now to keep the tartar and plaque in check. The dental surgeon said brushing her teeth was going to be the only way to keep it from coming back.
Guess that is what I was wanting to know...what could be done to help it.

Parker's was no where near that bad. I keep a close watch on his teeth, but didn't catch the extra growth starting on his canines. He developed a small bump on one gum and that was what alarmed me. Took him in and the vet showed me where the overgrowth was starting. She said we could do surgery if it got worse, but the bump worried me, so had the hyperplasia removed, teeth cleaned and bump sent off. I give him RMB to clean his teeth so all were in good shape, except the canines. I had been kinda watching them as I noticed hair under the gums, a lot of it, and that seemed to be causing some problems in the lowers. But got no advice on what could be done to help it after surgery...guess I have to ask, arrrghhh. Haven't really talked to them, tho, as am upset with them right now anyway!

So tell me about this teeth brushing deal. What kind and where did you get the toothbrush and toothpaste? Do you brush under the gums...that seems like it would hurt. This all sounds like fun...Parker can get a terrible case of lockjaw occasionally. I know I can make him open his mouth, but I hate to do it as talking to him usually....works.

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Any pet supply store (some farm stores) will have tooth brush/tooth paste for your pets.

It will grow back. Fast or slow, it will be back.
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The best you can do is keep the mouth clean to keep the bacteria down. Anti bacterial solutions in the water (good and bad), brushing teeth, encourage healthy chewing.

Malia is "too old" to be put under long enough for the surgery. We will be brushing (have been just not enough) regularly, and doing "burst" antibiotic treatment. As the gums grow they will harbor more bacteria, as it will be an area that brushing can not get to. You can cut it away, and it will be back. There in lies another risk, putting the dog under.
Get used to brushing the teeth. Expect them not to like it one bit (even w/ meat flavored toothpaste) and soldier on.
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Ya know, I was wondering about a waterpick, if it that might work better to wash the stuff out from under the gums.

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Thank you for those sites, Darkev! Looks to be what I needed.

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i was reading on another site, human dentistry, but anywho..they talked about soft tissue laser surgery to treat the hyperplasia.

not sure if Vets use them for dental/gum surgery or not.

it seemed way less 'invasive'.

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i was reading on another site, human dentistry, but anywho..they talked about soft tissue laser surgery to treat the hyperplasia.

not sure if Vets use them for dental/gum surgery or not.

it seemed way less 'invasive'.
Laser can be a good way to go at the Vet. My vet offers laser for the gum surgery (for dogs that "qualify) and it is supposed to heal quicker.
Quicker, better, faster....
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i was reading on another site, human dentistry, but anywho..they talked about soft tissue laser surgery to treat the hyperplasia.

not sure if Vets use them for dental/gum surgery or not.

it seemed way less 'invasive'.
Yeah, he used laser on Parker. Somehow there was a miscommunication and he just removed the lump on the hyperplasia or only the hyperplasia on the left canine. All I know is I got a phone call telling me the lump was removed and Parker was waking up and dong fine...so I said, "Is that all he did? He was supposed to remove the hyperplasia, clean and scale his teeth." I am still upset over all that...there is more, but I get upset talking about it. And that is the reason I haven't been back to ask them why he didn't remove all the hyperplasia on the right upper canine. I have to wait till I cool down at times before confronting people I am unhappy with. Must be my unhappy childhood and parents fault...

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i was told that it may very well grow back, even after surgery. The dental surgeon said that daily brushing will help keep it at bay. I really had no option, she was young enough and otherwise healthy and i couldn't stand to see her suffer so much with it....She could barely eat with all those growths in her mouth. my boxer tolerates me brushing her teeth but i can't say she loves it...so sometimes its a bit difficult as she'll pull her head away but i sweet talk her and she lets me finish. i found the doggie toothbrushes too hard for her mouth so i purchased super soft in pharmacy and it seems to work fine. i also use a product in her food called "natures dentist" supposed to help fight bacteria naturally. If i have to have someone look after her i get them to put "tropiclean - clean teeth gel" in her mouth, which is meant to replace brushing, but i prefer brushing as i know i get the teeth and gums clean...
hope that helps...the dental surgeon also suggested 'bones' if she could tolerate but her gums tend to bleed so i don't give them to her...
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A little bit of "Ewwww" factor here, but I have found my dogs readily take my old toothbrushes, so I "prime" soft childrens' burshes by using them myself (only before I use them on the dogs; not after). P.E.T. makes meat (chicken, if memory serves) toothpaste for dogs; available at Amazon.

For humans, vitamin C makes a big difference in gum health (presuming good hygiene). I know dogs produce their own, but I don't think a little extra would hurt, as long as there are no urinary tract issues. (Too much C is associated with stones in humans, but I figure you know that.)

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