#5 – Osteomyelitis
Dr. Petryk: “Severe dental disease can lead to bone infections and a broken jaw. Bone infection (osteomyelitis) is not only painful, but it can also lead to the life threatening complication of a broken maxilla or mandible that might not heal. This is especially true in small dogs, who are most prone to dental disease. The bone under the teeth is susceptible to infection and becoming brittle. When this bone breaks, it is very hard for it to heal AND it is very difficult for veterinarians to fix some of these fractures.”
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