10 month old Coco Evans was born with a class II malocclusion, a common abnormality in small breed dogs where the teeth do not "fit together" properly. There are many patterns of malocclusion in dogs and many are believed to be of genetic orgin. In cases where the abnormal "bite" causes a malpositioned tooth to penetrate into gum tissue or the palate, the patient will experience loss of the ability to chew properly, tissue damage or tooth trauma and chronic pain. Early intervention to correct malocclusions can include the removal of teeth, shortening teeth and in some cases the use of dental appliances to correct the abnormality. Coco visited a veterinary dental specialist to help determine the best treatment for her abnormal bite and is now completely healed and long term, will have a much healthier mouth, free from chronic dental pain.