Just like we routinely take care of our teeth, it’s important to keep your puppy’s teeth clean and healthy. So, starting him off right will help you maintain a clean mouth throughout his life.
Get To Know His Teeth
Puppies have 28 temporary teeth that come in at around 4 weeks of age and fall out between 14 and 30 weeks of age. And like a teething baby, your pup may chew much more while his 42 adult teeth grow in.
Dental problems start early in a dog’s life. Many dogs start to show signs of dental disease around age 3, which is why it’s so important to keep him on a healthy and regular clean up routine.
Keep That Smile Bright
In between regularly scheduled professional exams, here’s some things you can do to help maintain those pearly whites.
– Brush his teeth with specially formulated dog toothpaste. To get him used to having your fingers and a brush in his mouth, try rubbing his gums and teeth as soon as you bring him home.
– Get him a chew toy. That’s right, these aren’t just for fun; they also satisfy his need to chew. They’ll also help massage his gums and remove soft tartar built up on his teeth.
– Feed him food. Dry, crunchy foods can help keep teeth clean by scraping against them, which helps reduce tartar build-up.
Things to Watch For
Your puppy’s dental problems can cause everything from bad breath to eating difficulties, and even infections that afflict not only the mouth but other parts of his body as well.
Keep an eye out for common signs of dental issues. Though they are rare in puppies, they may indicate a problem:
– Red, swollen or bleeding gums
– Blood in the saliva
– Yellow-brown tartar at the gum line
– Broken teeth
– Stinky breath
It’s important to establish regular dental cleanings at the veterinarian’s office while also maintaining a healthy routine at home. If these problems already exist and have gone beyond the point of a simple brushing, make sure to visit your veterinarian.