Puppy Dental Care

Teeth, Teething and Tooth Care

These articles explain everything you need to know about puppy teeth. Learn how many baby teeth puppies have when they appear, and how you can guestimate your puppy's age just by looking at his teeth. You can also read about when puppies lose their milk teeth, and how many adult dog teeth to expect. Finally, these articles explain common dental problems of dogs and how best to ​care for your puppy's teeth by learning how to brush his teeth and provide healthy chewing options.


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  • 01 of 06

    Puppy Teeth and Teething

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    Most puppies are born without teeth. One of the reasons puppies become chew-maniacs is that during teething―when the new teeth grow in―the gums become sore and chewing helps relieve the discomfort. This article explains what you need to expect during your puppy's teething. You'll also learn how to predict the age of a puppy just by looking at the teeth because the various teeth erupt at predictable times. This article also details the number of adult teeth, the kind of teeth dogs have, and how different types of teeth function.

  • 02 of 06

    Puppy Dental Disease

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    Learn about the most common dental issues that affect dogs in this article about puppy dental disease. You'll learn how to recognize tooth problems, what you can do at home to help prevent canine dental disease, and how veterinary dentists take care of your pet's teeth. There are even special "dental diets" as well as treats and chew toys that can take the bite out of home dental care. And if your puppy has a problem with misaligned teeth, you can learn in this article about the possibility of canine orthodontists.

  • 03 of 06

    How to Brush Puppy Teeth

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    Even though puppies will lose their baby teeth and get a new adult set before they're a year old, it's important to teach them to accept tooth brushing as early as possible. After all, it's easier to persuade 10-pound Junior-Pup than to wrestle with that 80-pound adult to open wide and say "ah." This article not only explains why it's a good idea to brush your puppy's teeth but also offers easy to use step-by-step instructions. By the time you follow the tooth brushing tips in this article, your puppy will learn to look forward to getting his teeth brushed after every meal--or at least a couple of times a week. And that will impact your pocketbook in a positive way when you won't have to see the veterinary dentist nearly as often.

  • 04 of 06

    Puppy Chewing

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    Puppies chew more than adult dogs, even though adults continue the habit throughout their lives. Puppies chewing habits directly relates to their teeth. It just feels good, especially when the new baby dog has milk teeth coming in during teething, or falling out when adult teeth arrive. This article addresses all the reasons why puppies chew, and how to best manage the habit with health and legal alternatives. That helps keep you sane and reduces the potential damage of your pet's gnawing habit.

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  • 05 of 06

    How to Stop Puppy Biting

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    Puppies use their teeth and mouths in many ways. Since they don't have hands, the teeth come in handy for grasping and carrying objects, as well as for playing with toys. Needle sharp milk teeth hurt when puppies bite, even if they don't mean to injure you. This article explains why puppies bite, and how to teach your puppy bite limits while offering them proper opportunities.

  • 06 of 06

    Chewing Toys for Puppies

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    A legal chew toy for puppies helps enormously during puppy teething. This roundup of puppy toys includes some designed specifically with the teething puppy in mind, but many also work for older pups for play and chewing delight.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.