Signs and symptoms of bad oral health in dogs

Oral Health

A healthy dog mouth has clean white teeth, with no obvious cracks, cavities or broken teeth. The gums are an even pink colour, with no red spots, swellings or lumps and bumps. There should not be any sign of bad breath.

Signs of problems with oral health include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown hard covering (tartar) on teeth
  • Reddened, irritated or bleeding gums
  • Swellings or lumps in the gums
  • Pus leaking from the gums
  • Cracked, broken or missing teeth
  • Drooling
  • Reluctance to eat, particularly hard kibble
  • Pawing at the mouth due to discomfort or pain
  • Reluctance to have mouth touched or examined

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