Dog Dental Care
Help stop pet dental pain
Do Dogs Show Dental Pain?
Dogs Are Stoic
“But my dog doesn’t act like it hurts?”
Stoic (stow’ik): Enduring pain or hardship without showing feelings or complaining.
Dental Infections cause Dental Pain
A Link Between Dental Pain and Infection
Help stop pet dental pain
How Bad Is It?
Usually Dogs Don't Show Signs of Pain!
The Signs That We Can Look For
Signs of Dental Pain and Infection in Dogs
Although dogs typically show no signs of having a bad toothache and living with dental pain, there still are some things that you can look for. If you notice any of the symptoms below, please take your dog to the veterinarian ASAP!
Persistent bad breath is often a sign of dental infection. Bad breath in dogs is easy to notice because they pant. All “dog breath” jokes aside, persistent bad breath is not normal!
Notice the brownish-yellow tartar and red swollen gums (gingivitis). Definitely time for a dental cleaning!
Compare the broken lower fang tooth (arrow) with exposed nerve to the normal fang tooth on other side. The broken tooth must be extracted or have a root canal to avoid lifelong pain.
Receding gums, overgrown gums, swollen gums, red gums and gums that bleed easily are all signs of gum infections and dental pain.
More Tartar On One Side Of the Mouth
The side of your dog’s mouth with the heavier tartar isn’t being used because it hurts.
Reluctant To Eat
If your dog doesn’t want to eat, especially dry food, and/or you notice they are eating slowly or dropping food, this is a good sign that it’s time to see a veterinarian for a dental checkup!
Swelling On The Face
This is often caused by tooth root abscess.
Your dog doesn’t like its mouth or face touched. Also, look for facial tension and distracted eyes.
Frequently licks nose … this is what dogs do when they have a runny nose.
If you notice your dog is drooling more than usual, this is a good sign to see a veterinarian for a dental checkup.
Rubbing Face, Pawing Face
If you notice your dog rubbing or pawing his face excessively, it’s a good sign you need to see a veterinarian for a dental checkup.
Sleeping a lot, grouchy, restless, neediness or hiding, avoidance or aggression are all good signs to see your veterinarian for a dental checkup.
The Three Common Causes
Common Causes of Dental Pain and Infection in Dogs
Broken Tooth, Crooked or Crowded Teeth, Gum Diseases
Gingivitis can cause receding gums.
Periodontitis (bone loss) is when infection destroys the supporting bone around the teeth.
Overgrown gums (the gums grow up around and even over the teeth) create lots of places for bacteria to hide and cause infection that can spread to the bone.
Crooked or Crowded Teeth
Both puppies and adult canines can erupt crooked.
“Stuck” baby teeth that don’t fall out can make adult teeth erupt crooked.
Crowded teeth are hard to keep clean, which increases the risk of gum disease.
Questions To Ask
You will notice how much better your dog feels after their dental pain is gone!
Check out some of the comments we get from dog owners after their dog has a complete dental treatment including dental X-rays!