Strange dental phenomenon - anyone heard of this?
While at Audrey's 6 month checkup, the vet noticed that the two teeth on the outside of her lower canines had eroded below the gumline. When I picked her up after the extraction, the vet mentioned that this is a mysterious phenomenon that is not fully understood. He said they used to think that it was tooth decay, but it only seems to happen to the teeth right next to the canines, and occurs very rapidly. And many now believe it is related to some sort of cell issue. The teeth start getting eroded out from below the gums and it works its way up.
I looked at the teeth they pulled, and he described it right. The enamel below the gums was almost gone, and above the gumline was a huge ulcer. Her teeth were perfectly fine 6 months ago.
Anyone hear of this? He was quite certain that it wasn't standard tooth decay, but some weird phenomenon involving just those two teeth.