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4 Warning Signs of Rotten Teeth in Dogs

It is vital for dogs to have regular dental checkups to prevent tooth decay and other conditions. Dogs can suffer from a variety of dental issues, but one of the most common is rotten teeth. Ignoring your dog’s dental hygiene can result in food particles and germs getting stuck in between your pup’s teeth, causing tooth decay. Below are some of the warning signs to pay attention to when analyzing your pup’s dental health. 


4 Warning Signs of Rotten Teeth in Dogs


Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth

You need to be alert when your dog has excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth. This is a sign of dental disease, and it could mean that your dog has an infection in their mouth. Dogs can get an infection from eating something that's been chewed up by another animal or from being exposed to bacteria from their environment.


Difficulty chewing, swallowing, and eating food.

Unhealthy teeth can make it difficult for a dog to chew, swallow and eat his food. A dog with bad teeth may not want to eat as much, or he may even stop eating completely if the pain becomes too much for him. This will cause him to lose weight, which can lead to malnutrition.

Bad breath

This one may sound super common, but it's actually a symptom of bad teeth. If your dog has bad breath, there's a good chance that he has some sort of oral health issue going on. Bad breath can be caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or even an abscessed tooth. So, if your dog has bad breath, you may want to take him in for a dental cleaning. This will help get rid of the bacteria that are causing his bad breath and prevent rotten teeth.


Inflammation of the gumline

This is another symptom of bad teeth that's easy to spot. If your dog has inflammation on his gums, it means that he's in pain, and it might also mean that the problem isn't going away on its own. Therefore, if your dog has swelling on his gums, it's time to see a veterinarian. This can be caused by periodontal disease or even dental fractures.


We Care As Much About Your Pet's Dental Health As You Do

Your pet is part of your family, and the team at Murray Hill Pet Hospital understands that all too well.

We offer dental exams as well as treatment for common dental problems, such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. We can also provide oral cancer screenings, parasite treatments, general anesthesia, and more.

Book an appointment with us or go to our website to learn more about what we do.


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