5 Signs Your Dog Has a Tooth Infection and What To Do About It
Here, signs of tooth pain in dogs will be discussed, as well as what to do about it. 

Only Chewing when Necessary

A dog that is suffering from a painful tooth infection will only chew when necessary, such as during meal times. This animal will avoid playing with chew toys or engaging in games that require biting down, such as tug of war. When a dog with an infection does chew, it will likely only be on one side of the mouth.

Bad Breath

Another telltale sign that a dog has a tooth infection is terrible breath. If your dog’s breath has suddenly become intolerable, the chances are that an underlying medical problem in the mouth is to blame.  


Dropping Food

Since chewing will be painful for a dog with a tooth infection, dropping food on the floor is likely. If your dog suddenly drops more food than he or she eats, consider whether a painful tooth is to blame.

Thanks to the Actijoy solution you can reveal the infection easily. Common display of the infection is a sudden change in eating habits - when the dog eats less or more slowly. The Actijoy WiFi Food Bowl collects data about your dog’s feeding and eating, and in the Actijoy App you see all anomalies, so you can make sure that your dog is doing well.

Scratching Side of Face

Dogs that have infected or abscessed teeth are more likely to paw, scratch, or rub one side of their face to relieve pain and pressure.

Swelling in Face / Eye

The infection causes inflammation in the area surrounding the tooth, which can extend to the face and around the eye. If your dog’s face is suddenly swollen, carefully look inside the mouth for additional inflammation and redness.

What To Do About an Infected Tooth

A tooth infection can become very serious when left untreated. Potential side effects include eye infection, tooth loss, periodontal disease, and organ failure. As soon as you recognize the symptoms of a tooth infection, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian.

The most common course of treatment for a dog with a tooth infection is antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines. Within a matter of days, your dog’s pain and swelling should be significantly diminished. However, if an abscess is present the tooth will either need to undergo a root canal or be removed. When an upper canine tooth is involved, extraction is almost always necessary.

Ultimately, dogs show several signs when suffering from an infected tooth, including pain, swelling, difficulty chewing, and bad breath. If you suspect your dog has an infected tooth, you should make an appointment to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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