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Commonly misdiagnosed as a stomatitis, this problem is a secondary to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD). This condition results from exposure of the gingiva, secondary to a malformation due to MBD, which allows tissue to become inflamed. The exposed oral mucosa is not generally infected.
- Clinical signs include other signs of MBD and gingivitis.
- Diagnosis - history, clinical examination, and microscopy, culture and sensitivity (if thought necessary).
- Treatment - frequent gentle cleaning with a cotton-bud generally controls this problem; application of lip balm may help in some cases.
- Prevention - appropriate husbandry and diet.