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8 Questions about Dog’s Teeth that You Thought You Knew

We are busting the myth’s of dogs teeth! It is time to answer the questions you thought you knew but probably didn’t.

1. How many teeth do dogs have?
Adult dogs have 42 teeth, which is about 10 more than humans do! Puppies only have 28 teeth, which is 8 more than human babies.

2. When do puppies lose their baby teeth?
At about 12-16 weeks. Most puppies will have lost all their baby teeth by 4 months old.

3. Can you tell how old a dog is by his teeth?
Not really. You can tell roughly how old a puppy is by looking to see if they still have baby teeth or not. But once their adult teeth come in then there is no sure fire way to tell just by looking at their teeth. There are too many factors that can affect an adult dog’s teeth, such as losing a tooth, gum disease, periodontal disease, and general wear and tear. Also, depending on how good their dental health care is (do you brush your dog’s teeth? Do you get annual dental cleanings?) will make a big difference in how their teeth look.

4. Do Dog’s regrow teeth?
No they do not. There is a myth that if they lose a tooth they will grow a new one. The only tooth that will replace itself is a baby tooth. Otherwise, once a tooth is gone, it is gone.

5. Do dog’s get cavities?
Yes they can. This is why good dental health is important. Because veterinarians don’t fill dog cavities like human dentists do for people, they only treatment for a bad cavity is extraction. But brushing your dog’s teeth and annual cleanings at the vet will keep them free and clear of most cavities and dental issues.

6. Do Smaller dog’s have more teeth issues than bigger dogs?
No, not specifically. The bigger issue is whether the dog’s teeth are cramped in their mouth. If the teeth fit nicely and are not all cramped up, then they will have no more issues than anyone other dog. If their teeth are super cramped then they will be more likely to have plaque buildup and therefor dental health issues. Though some smaller breeds are more prone to cramped teeth, any breed of dog can have this issue.

7. What is that big weird tooth in my dog’s mouth?
This is called their carnassial tooth. It is a special shape to help shear, crush and hold things when a dog bites. This is why dogs grab chew toys with the side of their mouth.

8. I can’t brush my dog’s teeth, what else can I do?

Some dogs just won’t let you brush their teeth. It is best if you can get them use to it when they are puppies. But if your dog just won’t let you, call a groomer and see if they might be able to. Otherwise, make sure to bring your do into your Albuquerque veterinary office for an annual dental cleaning to make sure that they continue to have good teeth health.