I need to leave soon to pick up Brooke and Faith from the vet, they had dental procedures today. Brooke has had bad teeth as long as we've had her, she's lost almost all of them except her canines and some molars. She just gets gum disease really badly even though we brush their teeth. Also, some of her roots became calcified. Oy vey. She goes in every 9 months for a dental. Can you say cha ching? Faith's teeth (she's 6) have looked great so far, and this is her first dental. Our vet calls and sadly tells us she has a dead incisor (the little front teeth) and two others are loose and need to come out. !!!!!! Luckily that's the only place in her mouth with evidence of gum recession. Good grief. I'm sure the bill will be about $1400 for both. Shelties are known for bad teeth, along with poodles and dachshunds. I always feel so bad when they lose teeth. Can't do much except keep brushing. I did buy a dental scaling tool and I use that to scrape a little along the gum line once in a while. I'd sure love to have a Sheltie who kept ALL their teeth for their lifetime!