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?

Veterinarian Checkups

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!


Bad Breath

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!


Tartar, Discoloration

Notice the brownish-yellow tartar and red swollen gums (gingivitis). Definitely time for a dental cleaning!


Broken Tooth

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.


Gum Disease

Receding gums, overgrown gums, swollen gums, red gums and gums that bleed easily are all signs of gum infections and dental pain.

Vet doctor checking up teeth of his patient

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.


Mouth Shy

Your dog doesn’t like its mouth or face touched. Also, look for facial tension and distracted eyes.


Frequent Sneezing

Frequently licks nose … this is what dogs do when they have a runny nose.

Drooling Irish Setter dog looking at the camera


If you notice your dog is drooling more than usual, this is a good sign to see a veterinarian for a dental checkup.  


Angry dog breed Siberian Husky walks in the autumn park and shows his teeth

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. 


Behavior Changes

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


Questions To Ask
Your Veterinarian

True Stories

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!