When a pet fractures a tooth, the dental pulp, which has millions of nerve endings, is exposed, says veterinarian Eric Davis. The break can lead to infection and inflammation as microorganisms in the mouth make their way to the pulp tissue. Upon fracture, pets will exhibit certain signs, such as a protruding or lulling tongue. Owners are advised to regularly look at their pets' teeth and have routine dental exams performed by a veterinarian.
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