Fun Fact Friday! A Dog's Dentition

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Michael Moll

Fun Fact: Puppies have 28 baby teeth and adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth.

Puppies have a total of 28 baby teeth. There are 14 in the lower jaw and 14 in the upper jaw. These teeth start to appear in the puppies mouth around a month of age. They usually lose these teeth as the permanent ones emerge.

puppy dentition

Adult dogs have a total of 42 permanent teeth. There are 22 in the lower jaw and 20 in the upper jaw. Just like people, sometimes dogs can get extra permanent teeth that grow in or baby teeth that do not fall out.

adult dog dentition

It is extremely important that we take care of our dog's dental health, it is as important as ours. Gum disease is the number 1 diagnosed condition in dogs and cats. 80% of dogs by the age of 2 have some sort of dental disease. Most people believe that there is nothing wrong with their dog's mouth because they don't show symptoms. Advanced dental disease can affect our dog's internal organ function. It is important to take your dog's dental health seriously.   

Daily tooth brushing, regular veterinary examinations, high-quality diet, dental appropriate toys, and treats are all ways to ensure you are doing your part in maintaining your dog's dental health. At Bullwrinkles we carry a number dog bones, treats, and chews with dental benefits.


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