Not many owners consider their dog’s dental health a priority. It’s a fact that your pet’s dental health is as important as your own. It should be one of the things that need to be taken care of daily because maintaining a clean oral cavity isn’t something the pup can do by himself.
Nowadays, many veterinarians and veterinary technicians decide to pursue a career in veterinary dentistry and work in specialized companion animal dental clinics. Since we mentioned your furry friend’s dental health, have you ever wondered how many teeth canines have?
Did you know that just like humans, puppies grow temporary teeth that eventually are replaced by firm adult teeth?
While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply for any breed.
How to Determine the Age of a Dog by its Teeth
Dogs have baby teeth that appear at about six weeks of age, but these will all be replaced by adult teeth after six or seven months. Find out how the staining of molars typically occurs in dogs that are between two and three years of age with help from a veterinarian in this free video on determining a dog’s age.
How Many Teeth Puppies Have?
Puppies have 28 milk teeth (deciduous teeth). They start to appear approximately 14 days after the puppy is born and are fully grown about 10 weeks later. It’s really hard to miss those razor-like and sharp teeth because puppies are overwhelmed when nipping at owners. There is a reason why the milk teeth are especially sharp. A puppy’s jaw isn’t as h3 as an adult dog’s jaw so they need extra help while chewing. The sharpness of the teeth makes it possible for them to chew easily when they begin consuming solid food and chew on treats, bones, and toys.
Due to the fast maturation dogs lose the deciduous teeth very early. The incisors fall out first when the puppy is 16-17 weeks old. The canine teeth fall 1-2 months later, followed by the premolars and molars. When the dog is 8 months of age all 42 permanent teeth should be already in place. There are cases when puppy teeth don’t fall out by themselves and must be extracted by a vet.
Types of Teeth
Dog’s have four types of teeth and each type serves a specific purpose.
Incisors are the ones in the front of the mouth. Dogs have 12 incisors, 6 on the bottom and 6 on the top. These teeth are useful for tearing meat from a bone and for self-grooming.
Canines are the most distinguishable type of teeth located on the bottom and the top of both sides of the oral cavity. They are longer and pointy and are sometimes referred to as ‘fangs’. There are a total of 4 canines, 2 on the bottom and 2 on top. Dogs use them to puncture food and hold on to something. All dogs enjoy games that involve using the canine teeth.
How Many Molars Do Dogs Have?
These flat, heavy-duty teeth are found in the back of the mouth and are used for grinding and chewing. You’ll find four molars on the top of your dog’s mouth and six on the bottom.
Premolars are located behind the canine teeth. There are 16 premolars, 8 on the bottom and 8 on the top. Dogs use these teeth for shearing. If a dog is caught chewing on an object with the side of his mouth, that means he is using his premolars.
On the inside end of the jaw, or the back of the mouth, are located the molars. These teeth are flat and h3 since their purpose is to help with grinding and chewing. Dogs have 6 molars on the bottom and 4 on the top.
How Many Teeth Do Dogs Need to Eat?
Dogs have 28 deciduous teeth and end up with 42 permanent teeth. You may find deciduous on the floor, but more likely, your puppy will harmlessly swallow the teeth while he is eating.
Do All Dogs Have the Same Number of Teeth?
Most dogs have the same number of teeth. However, they will have a different number of adult teeth compared to a puppy. Pups will usually have a total of 28 teeth when all of their milk teeth have grown. An adult dog should have 42 teeth in total: that’s 20 on top of their jaw and 22 on the bottom.
Also check out our articles on teeth maintenance:
- Dental Every Six Months: Why Your Pet Should Have Its Teeth Checked Often
- Common Dog Tooth Problems To Watch Out For
- Prevent Plaque and Tartar Build-up and Avoid Serious Health Problems
- Importance of Keeping your Pet’s Teeth Clean
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Originally posted 2020-04-06 19:38:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter