In case that you didn’t know, dogs have 42 permanent teeth – 10 molars, 16 premolars, 4 canines and 12 incisors. When a puppy is just 20 days old, his first teeth will start to appear. These are called milk teeth and they have very sharp edges that can easily destroy objects and furniture. If you already had a puppy, then for sure you know what I am talking about!
When the dog reaches his 4th month, these teeth will fall out, giving way to the permanent teeth. These teeth have more blunt edges, but are much more resistant than the previous milk teeth.
The premolar and molar teeth are the ones responsible for breaking the bones. These are situated on the sides and on the bottom of the mouth.
When the dogs get older, it is more likely that their teeth will start to accumulate tartar. This can lead to inflammation of the gums, bacterial growth problems, softening of the teeth and in some worst cases even pain and difficulties while eating.
One of the symptoms of tartar is bad breath which can in most of the cases cause heart problems as well.
In order to prevent all this, you should take your dog to the vet regularly for a basic examination of oral hygiene. There are some dog treats that can even help your dog clean his teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly can prevent tartar accumulation. It is never late to start brushing your dog’s teeth, even if you have done so until now.
Dogs usually don’t like that someone touches their teeth. But, the secret to successful dog teeth washing is to approach to this training very slowly. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Run the toothbrush near your dog’s mouth so that he becomes familiar with the object. Don’t let our dog bite the toothbrush. This is the right time when you have to approach to him with more cuddling. Start massaging your dog’s teeth with your finger for him to get used to the movement. After a couple of minutes passed, try to repeat the same but this time with a toothbrush. After he gets used to it, you can even brush his teeth regularly – every days. Here is another useful tip – try different toothpastes until you find the one he likes. Never use human toothpaste to wash your dog’s teeth as dog toothpastes cannot contain fluoride. Also, when your dog swallows substances that the human toothpaste contains, it can make him ill.
Don’t forget to check out our dental care for dogs collection as well, to make sure your dog has a healthy and happy life!