Common Dog Teeth Problems

Did you know that dental health is one of the most common reasons dogs visit the vet? The good news: You can do a lot at home to prevent your dog from dealing with painful and costly dental issues. Here are some common dental problems you might encounter, as well as what to do if they happen.

Bad breath

Bad breath can be a sign of many different dental issues. If your dog has bad breath, there are several things to consider:

  • Gum disease and/or tooth decay can cause bad breath as well.
  • Food stuck between teeth will also cause bad breath, as it’s decaying in the mouth and releasing harmful molecules into the air that you breathe.
  • Infections around the gums or between teeth often cause an odor as well (although this usually goes away when treated). This infection may also be contagious to other dogs if not treated properly!
  • In rare cases, cancerous growths on the tongue or inside of their mouth might make your dog’s breath smell worse than usual—and this is definitely something worth checking out with a vet!

Yellowish teeth

If your dog’s teeth are yellowing, it could be a sign of anemia. If they’re blackening, it could be a sign of liver disease. If they’re turning brownish, it could be a sign of kidney disease. All these conditions affect the blood supply to the teeth and gums.

It’s important that you get in touch with your veterinarian if you notice any changes in coloration or texture on your dog’s body or face because there may be an underlying problem that needs treatment right away!

Pus or bleeding near dog’s gums

If your dog’s gum infection is mild or moderate, you can treat it at home. In this case, you should first rinse your dog’s mouth with salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water). Then apply a small amount of triple antibiotic ointment to the gums and let it work its magic for about an hour before rinsing off again with salt water.

If the infection is more severe (and especially if your dog has pus or bleeding near his gums), it’s best that you take him to see a vet. Vet visits are not expensive—about $50-$75—and the money will be well worth it if they can help heal up any infections faster and better than you would be able to do on your own!

Loose or knocked out teeth

You might be wondering what happens to loose or knocked out teeth. It’s actually not that uncommon for dogs to lose their teeth. In fact, it can happen when their teeth are not used properly or they chew on hard objects.

But the most common cause of tooth loss in dogs is other dogs or people knocking them out while playing and roughhousing with each other. This is especially likely if you have more than one dog at home and they like to play together. Some dogs also love playing with kids, but little human hands don’t always know how much pressure should be applied when patting a pup on the head or ruffling its fur—which could send those sharp puppy chompers flying!

A fall from a high place can also dislodge a tooth—so keep an eye on your pet if you notice him jumping off furniture or climbing up stairs (or even just running down them).


A sudden, excessive amount of drooling is not a normal condition. While it may be tempting to think that your dog just has an impressive tongue, there’s usually a deeper reason behind the drool.

Dogs can drool because they’re thirsty, especially after exercising or being outside on hot days. However, if you find yourself needing to constantly wipe away slobber from your face whenever you play with your pooch or make out with them (yes—this happens), then something else could be going on. Drooling could also be a sign of dental disease such as tooth decay and infection in which case it would be best for your pet to see their vet right away so they can address the underlying issue before it gets worse and causes more serious problems for your dog’s overall health and well-being!

The main causes of bad dog teeth are lack of proper training, poor diet and genetics.

Bad dog teeth are a common problem that can be easily treated. The main causes of bad dog teeth are lack of proper training, poor diet, and genetics. Bad dog teeth can be treated with a vet visit and proper care. Dog teeth problems can also be prevented by proper training and diet.

As a pet owner, you want to make sure your dog has a happy and healthy life. That includes making sure they get the proper nutrition, have plenty of exercise and get regular checkups with their veterinarian. While it can be difficult to keep tabs on everything your dog does during the day, you should always pay attention to any changes in behavior that may indicate an underlying problem.