How to examine a dog’s mouth

In particular to look at his teeth Dental disease is a very common problem, about 70% of dogs over the age of three will have some form of dental disease. This little chap is actually a Stafford shire. Bull Terrier so although he’s quite an elderly dog he’s actually got quite good teeth but I’m just going to show you the principles behind examining teeth. So we’re going to have a little look-see in the side of the mouth first, I’m just going to lift the lip up gently, and we’re having a little look at all the teeth, we need to check the back ones, if you’re going to see tartar it’s often on these ones back here, so make sure you check those, and then we do the same on the other side, just lifting the lips up out of the way, again they’re generally quite tolerant of this

Most of the tartar tends to accumulate on the outside but we’re looking really for tartar, broken teeth, they sometimes get slab fractures of these teeth here, they can get gingivitis which is inflammation of the gums, redness and soreness, and if you see anything like that then obviously do give us a call. Moving onto opening the mouth up, to do that we’re just going to pinch him behind the canines, the canines are the big fang teeth here, if we just slide our fingers in there the mouth starts to open and we can get a little look-see inside, he’ll fidget about a bit when we do this, they always do, and we’re just looking now to see if we can see any broken teeth, anything wedged in there, sometimes they get things stuck across the roof of the mouth, he’s fine, and then we’ll have a little look-see at the other side, and that’s fine. Well done, there’s a good boy.

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