You probably don’t spend much time looking at or thinking about your dog’s teeth, but you should. Dogs are more like us when it comes to dentistry and their teeth should be looked after.
Once a dog loses one or more of his teeth, they can’t grow back, just like our teeth can’t grow back either. Still, we have the benefits of veneers, and our dogs don’t so it is important to provide proper dental care from the young age.
Since not many owners are keen to peek inside their dogs mouths to count the teeth, many wonder how many teeth does a dog have? We did the counting for you and have all the answers when it comes to canine dentistry.
When it comes to their teeth, dogs are similar to us in many ways and they are also born without teeth. Puppy teeth start to erupt around 2 weeks of age, and are completely set around 8-10 weeks.
Once puppies are 4 months old, they start to lose their baby teeth and the permanent set starts to grow. This process lasts until 6-7 months of age when all the permanent teeth are erupted and fully grown.
How Many Teeth Does A Puppy Have?
As we said, puppies are born without teeth, put pretty soon they develop their first set. These teeth are called “milk teeth” or deciduous teeth by vets.
Starting from 2 weeks and until 8-10 weeks of age a puppy will develop a set of 28 teeth. In most cases, incisors come first then canine teeth, and premolars are the last. Although certain variations are normal among different individuals.
Puppies have little and sharp teeth, and their eruption is the sign for the mother to start weaning them from her milk. Once a puppy is 4 weeks old it is safe to slowly introduce him to canned puppy food and wean him completely in the next 4 weeks.
How Many Teeth Does An Adult Dog Have?
Even though dogs are considered adults when they are 1 year old, they get their permanent teeth by 7 months of age. An adult dog has 42 teeth, but this number can vary depending on various factors and it isn’t a thing for concern. As we said earlier, incises are the first to erupt, followed by canines, premolars, and molars that aren’t included in the initial “baby teeth” set. Once all of these teeth are fully grown, they are there to stay and last for the rest of a dog’s natural life. Unlike us, dogs use their teeth as the first line of defense but their main function is to crush a variety of different things dogs eat. So let us take a closer look at 4 different types of dog teeth and their functions.
How To Care For Your Dog’s Teeth?
Once a dog gets his permanent set of teeth they should last him for an entire lifetime. That means that you will have to invest time to provide the proper dental care. Dogs rarely develop cavities since they don’t eat sugar and sweets like we do, however they are at risk from other dental problems. According to American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs will have some level of periodontal disease by the age of three. If you ignore your dog’s teeth you are putting him at risk of developing some of the most common canine dental problems.
The best way to prevent all of these from happening is to start brushing your dog’s teeth once the permanent set grows. Younger dogs are more accepting of new routines and you have a better chance of teaching your dog that teeth brushing isn’t a big deal. This doesn’t mean that there is no way to teach an adult or even an older dog to stay calm during teeth brushing. You will just have to be patient and invest some time and energy to gradually get your dog to welcome a new routine. You should use canine toothpaste since ours contain fluoride which can be dangerous when swollen. Dog toothbrushes are made with soft bristles that won’t irritate the gums, but you can also use a children toothbrush as an alternative. Many owners think that brushing once a week or once a month is enough and that their dogs are protected from all dental troubles. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and ideally, a dog needs to have his teeth brushed once a day. We know that this seems excessive, but after 24 hours bacteria builds up and creates calculus which is later hard to remove completely. So stop making excuses if your dog tolerates teeth brushing and start cleaning his teeth every day. Luckily for all of us, dental disease doesn’t occur in one day and there is plenty of time to correct things. Following signs are indicative that you need to get more proactive regarding your dog’s dental hygiene.
What Are The Alternatives To Teeth Brushing?
For some dogs teeth brushing isn’t an option no matter how hard you try. This can make you feel discouraged and out of moves but that isn’t the case.
All of the mentioned alternatives, with the exception of teeth cleaning, aren’t a match to regular teeth brushing even if combined. So be patient and teach your dog to be acceptant of it in order to keep all of his 42 teeth healthy and shiny.
When it comes to dog dental questions, one of the most frequently asked is how many teeth does a dog have? Just like us, dogs are born without teeth and once they reach 2 weeks the first of 28 deciduous teeth erupt. Once a dog reaches 7 months all of 42 of his permanent teeth are fully grown and ready for a life of chewing. And since these are the only teeth your dog is going to have ’till the rest of his life you should take proper care of them. That means regular brushing if possible, and if not all other alternatives and regular professional teeth cleaning. Keep your dog’s dental health under check and help him keep all of his teeth healthy and strong.
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