Gingivitis In Bulldogs And French Bulldogs

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

One of the most common and potentially harmful medical conditions seen in veterinarian’s offices is periodontal disease.

Bulldog periodontitis includes gingivitis,  which is inflammation and redness of the gums due to an underlying tooth infection.

The harmful bacteria can spread and negatively affect your bulldog’s bodily function,  systems, and vital organs.

Gingivitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE:

Gingivitis and gum disease in bulldogs and French bulldogs are caused by bacteria build-up between the teeth and gum area.

Healthy bulldog gums lie tight and close against their teeth, If the gums are forced away from the teeth due to plaque and tartar,  food and bacteria will lodge under the gum, an infection will form and periodontal disease will ensue.

Gingivitis in Dogs and Bulldogs Gum Disease in Pets FINDINGS:

  • REDNESS: your bulldog gums’ normal pink color changes into a red-purple color
  • SWELL: your bulldog gums will appear puffy and swollen
  • BAD SMELL: your bulldog’s breath will have a pungent odor due to the bacterial infection
  • SALVATION & DROLLING: Your bulldog might present with  excessive production of saliva
  • PAIN: your bulldog gums will appear sensitive and painful to touch. Pain can lead to depression, anxiousness, aggression, and a loss of appetite.
  • BLEEDING GUMS: at times, your bulldog gums will bleed after eating, chewing toys, or teeth brushing.

The Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs like your bulldog and French bulldog, pugs, Pekingese, and boxers,  are at increased risk of developing gingivitis due to the formation of their mouth and jaw and the crowding in the way their teeth are placed.

Gingivitis in Dogs and Bulldogs Gum Disease in Pets PREVENTIVE :


Any soft, yellowish-brown plaque should be brushed and scraped off before it is allowed to set harden, and turn into calculus (tartar).


Wipe your bulldog subgingival hair, food particles and raw gums with Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog anti-septic dental wipe


Add your bulldog water to Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog  Dental Aqua Splash formula to help reduce plaque and provide a freshened breath.


Treat your bulldog with Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Hygiene PlaqueLess Dental Chew.  For your bully dental health and halitosis.

Gingivitis in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs VETERINARY CARE:

If you believe that your bulldog or French bulldog puppy has gingivitis, you should seek help from your veterinarian. Leaving the condition untreated could allow bacteria to spread through the dog’s bloodstream to set on a potentially life-threatening condition.

Bulldog inflamed rosy gums are a “flushing red signal” to an underlining dental disease

Once your veterinarian has identified gingivitis and the underlying dental condition, they might recommend anesthesia and conduct professional cleaning, scaling, and polishing.

Often, dental radiographs would be recommended to help identify disease below the gum line.

Gingivitis in Bulldogs and Fr. Bulldogs WELLNESS:


Gingivitis can be prevented, by regular teeth brushing combined with Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Dental Preventive economic bundles.

This simple, inexpensive practice will help keep your bulldog puppy free of cavities, dental disease, the associated pain, and the related systemic disease.

Reversible: when caught in time, and by providing timely scaling & polishing, gingivitis is reversible.

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The information provided on this platform is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian regarding any medical condition. It's important to always consider professional medical advice promptly and not to delay seeking it based on information you've read on this platform. Any reliance on the information provided here is entirely at your discretion.

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