Introduction to Puppies and Teeth
Puppies are adorable little creatures that bring joy and happiness to our lives. They are full of energy, curiosity, and playfulness. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to take care of their health and wellbeing, including their dental health. Just like humans, puppies have teeth that play an important role in their overall health. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about puppies’ teeth, from their timeline of development to common dental problems and how to care for them at home.
Deciduous Teeth in Puppies
Deciduous teeth, commonly known as baby teeth or milk teeth, are the first set of teeth that puppies develop. These teeth start to appear when puppies are around three weeks old and continue to erupt until they are around eight weeks old. Deciduous teeth are temporary and will eventually fall out to make way for permanent teeth. Puppies have 28 deciduous teeth, which include incisors, canines, and premolars.
The Timeline of Puppy Teeth Development
The timeline of puppy teeth development is essential to understand to ensure that your puppy’s teeth are healthy and developing correctly. As mentioned earlier, puppies’ deciduous teeth start to appear when they are around three weeks old. By the time they are six to eight weeks old, they should have a full set of deciduous teeth. Between the ages of three to six months, puppies start to lose their baby teeth, and their permanent teeth start to erupt. By the time they are seven months old, puppies should have a full set of permanent teeth. It is crucial to monitor your puppy’s teeth development during this time and schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian.