Squirrel Ate My Retainer!
So, everyone has heard the old saying “my dog ate my homework” right? Well…... How about the more infamous “my dog ate my retainer”? The theory is that dogs are in fact attracted to not only the saliva produced onto the retainers, but actually even the materials used to make them.
With that being said, little dogs, big dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, short and tall dogs will eat your retainer given the opportunity! Dogs like the taste and smell of you retainer. Unlike some things, such as lettuce; which most dogs stray from, retainers are a great snack for your puppers meaning trouble for your teeth.. This destruction of your appliance might be fun for your canine friend, but complete demise to your retainer is not any Orthodontist’s idea of fun.
So, whether it be your big Boxer Bo who shreds your retainer into a million pieces or your tiny Terrier tink who just cracks it with her little teeth call your orthodontist right away to replace it! We know keeping up with such a small but important gadget is hard, our best tip is that your retainer box is your best friend! Always keep it close. While sometimes people use Kleenex, pockets or purses to store their retainer while not in use that could be almost as bad as leaving it on a night stand or a lunch tray. Remember those areas are not your retainer box and as stated before your retainer box is indeed your best friend.
Recently it has also come to our attention dogs are not the only furry friends who love those retainers. One of our patients came into the office this week saying “a squirrel ran off with my retainer” I must say the entire office had a brief chuckle, this was definitely the first time we had heard that one. Felicia was on a field trip and on their lunch break she placed her retainer on an empty chip bag and before she knew it a squirrel had scurried up her tree holding her retainer in it's mouth. Needless to say she never saw the retainer again. She came straight into Dr. Smith’s office and we got it replaced for her the very next day. Moral of the story is keep your animals close, but keep your retainer closer.