24 April 2023
Like humans, puppies are born without teeth, but they develop baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, at around two to four weeks of age. These teeth will eventually fall out, making way for adult teeth to come in. It’s important to understand the process of puppy teeth development and how to care for your puppy’s teeth when they fall out.
Puppies will start to lose their baby teeth at around three to four months of age. This process will continue until the puppy is around six to eight months old, at which point all of the adult teeth should have come in. Adult dogs have 42 teeth, while puppies have only 28. And if you’ve ever been around puppies, you know those little needle teeth are pointer than their adult teeth.
Puppies lose their baby teeth to make room for their adult teeth. Just like human children, puppies’ jaws are growing and changing rapidly, so they need teeth that will fit properly in their mouths. The adult teeth that come in are larger and stronger than the baby teeth, which allows dogs to eat a wider variety of foods and chew on bones and toys.
It’s perfectly normal for a puppy’s baby teeth to fall out, and in most cases, it’s not necessary to intervene. The baby teeth will usually fall out on their own as the adult teeth come in. You may notice your puppy chewing on things more than usual during this time, which is a natural way for them to help the teeth come out.
However, if you do notice a baby tooth that hasn’t fallen out, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian. Sometimes, the baby teeth can fail to fall out, which can cause problems with the adult teeth coming in properly.
Teething can be uncomfortable for puppies, and they may exhibit signs of discomfort, such as chewing on everything in sight, drooling, and irritability. You can help your puppy feel more comfortable during this time by providing them with chew toys and bones to chew on. This will not only help to relieve their discomfort but also help to strengthen their jaws and teeth. It’s also important to make sure your puppy is eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Also, consider feeding your puppy a specially formulated puppy food that is designed to support their growth and development.
Caring for your puppy’s teeth is essential to their overall health and well-being. You can start by brushing your puppy’s teeth regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that is specially formulated for dogs. This will help to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup, which can lead to gum disease and other dental problems. It’s a good idea to get them used to having their teeth brushed as soon as possible, so even though their puppy teeth aren’t permanent, it’s a good idea to regularly brush them to help train your puppy to enjoy brushie time.
You can also provide your puppy with dental chews and treats that are specifically designed to clean their teeth and freshen their breath. These treats are formulated with ingredients that help to reduce plaque and tartar buildup, and they come in a variety of flavors that dogs love.
Understanding the process of puppy teeth development and how to care for your puppy’s teeth when they fall out is essential to their overall health and well-being. While it’s not necessary to intervene when your puppy’s baby teeth fall out, you can help them feel more comfortable during the teething process by providing them with chew toys and bones to chew on. As your puppy grows, it’s important to care for their teeth by brushing them regularly and providing them with dental chews and treats. Proper care lets your puppy enjoy strong, healthy teeth for a lifetime.