Check Your Dog's Mouth
To check the health of your dog’s mouth, gently but firmly hold their head in one hand and use your free hand to gently lift up each cheek.
- Broken or loose teeth
- Swelling or bleeding of the gums
- Tooth discoloration and plaque buildup
Most Common Cause: Periodontal Disease
Just like humans, dogs can get bacterial diseases from plaque buildup on their teeth and gums. And, just like humans, the best way to prevent these diseases is by regularly brushing your dog's teeth.
Small Breeds and Short-faced Breeds
Small breeds as well as brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed, flat-faced breeds like the Pug, Pekingese, Boxer, Boston Terrier) are more prone to gum and mouth diseases than larger, longer-faced dogs. Because their face and jaws are small, their teeth are much closer together, making it easier for plaque buildup to occur.
When to See a Veterinarian
If you notice discoloring on your dog’s gums or the base of the teeth, or if your dog is acting sensitive to touching around the face, contact your veterinarian for a more thorough examination.
Breath Freshening Dental Treats
GREENIES™ Dental Chews are proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. Designed for daily treating, GREENIES™ Dental Chews are a treat your dog will love.