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Dog Teeth

Did you know that dogs are born without teeth? Teeth will start to grow in a two to three week old puppy and finally around eight weeks of age, the puppy will have a full set of teeth. Most puppies will have a set of twenty-eight teeth. When a puppy is about three months old, they will begin to lose their baby teeth. A common sign of a puppy losing its teeth will be blood on its chew toys. Otherwise, this teething process may go unnoticed. Adult dog teeth will begin to erupt within two to three days of the puppy losing its tooth. This is when you will notice your puppy now is teething on everything in sight. Adult dog teeth are made up of forty-two teeth, twenty on top and twenty-two on the bottom.

Dog teeth will need to be cared for just like humans. Today there are many specialized dog toothpastes available for dogs. Along with the toothpaste you will want to purchase a dog toothbrush as well. You may want to ask your veterinarian which toothpaste and brush he or she recommends. Using a dog toothbrush, which is similar to a human's toothbrush, is an option but it may take more time for a dog to get use to a foreign object in his mouth. One special toothbrush used on dog teeth is called the finger brush. Fitted on your finger, you will then insert it into the dogs mouth and rub the teeth. Most dogs seem to know this is your finger and will take easily to letting you rub his teeth.

Getting rid of tartar and plaque can be done easily. Using a raw marrow bone or a knuckle bone will cut down tartar on dog teeth. When a dog gnaws on the bone, the bone will scrape the tartar off the teeth. Try giving your dog a bone at least once a month. Many veterinarians recommend a professional cleaning of the dog's teeth; this is called scaling of the teeth. This can be done every two to three years as long as you brush the dogs teeth and offer him bones, your dog should have a continuous happy and healthy smile.