We have all heard the saying: “like a dog with a bone”

Equally, given the opportunity most dogs will chew almost anything, soft toy or brick, bone or stick.

With that in mind, they are at a much higher risk of breaking their teeth than other animals.

How can we tell that a dog is suffering from mouth or tooth pain?

Many people don’t know what the inside of their dog’s mouth looks like, let alone the colour and health of their gums.

Oral pain is certainly difficult to detect in pets, especially if the pain grows over a period of time. Dogs might even appear to be pain free but that doesn’t mean they are.

Most dogs with fractured teeth don’t show the obvious signs of discomfort despite the fact that they may still be in serious pain.

The follow

ing signs and behaviour could indicate a tooth fracture:

  • Backing off when the face is petted

  • Chewing on one side of the mouth

  • Discolouration of teeth could be the result of pulpitis, (inflammation of the tooth pulp)

  • Dropping food from the mouth when eating

  • Excessive drooling

  • Grinding their teeth

  • Not chewing on hard treats or toys

  • Pawing at the mouth

  • Refusing to eat hard food

  • Swelling in the face

Your dog could possibly have a fractured tooth despite not showing obvious signs but if you notice any of the above, it is important that you see your vet immediately.

Better still, have routine oral check ups.