Is it normal for puppies to lose their canine teeth?

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Puppy Tooth That Didn’t Fall Out

A dog’s puppy teeth should fall out when their adult teeth erupt. Sometimes the puppy teeth don’t fall out, and we refer to them astained deciduous teeth.

Any breed of baby teeth can be retained. Most of the time, we see it in smaller breeds. It is important to remove these teeth as soon as possible because they are not going to fall out on their own.

In this particular case of a 6 month old male dachshund, I removed the baby tooth at the same time that I neutered him, so that the little guy only had to have one anesthesia.

It’s important to remove these teeth because they are usually against the adult tooth. Food and debris can get stuck in the space between the teeth. Thebacteria start growing. Before you know it, your dog has a bad tooth. This is a source of pain for the dog.

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Imagine Having A Toothache And Not Being Able To Tell Anyone!

One of the biggest myths is that dental problems in animals don’t need the same treatment as they do in humans. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dogs have the same type of nerve supply in their teeth as we do, so anything that hurts us will hurt them as well.

All dogs, whether they are performance dogs or pets, should have a pain-free mouth. Dogs are so good at hiding signs of pain that oral and dental issues often go undetected. They don’t want to let the rest of the pack in. Anything that limits their usefulness to the pack may be grounds for exclusion. This is a survival instinct. Dogs will suffer in silence for as long as they can, and they only stop eating when they can’t bear the pain anymore.

How To Get The Most Out Of This Article

This article has been written to help you understand how oral and dental problems develop in puppies, what the implications of these issues are, and what options are available to you and your pup to achieve the best outcomes in terms of overall health, comfort and performance. You don’t need to read it from top to bottom, as your dog would need to be pretty unlucky to need all the advice included here!

If you look through the information on what a normal mouth is, you will be able to understand how each problem can arise.

If you would like to speak to me about your dog, please feel free to call me on 1300 838 336 or email me at sydneypetdentistry.com.au

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The Normal Mouth

We need to know what is normal in order to detect and understand dental problems. There are 28 puppies (primary, milk or deciduous).

The baby teeth erupt between 3 and 8 weeks of age. These are replaced with permanent teeth between 4-7 months of age. There should be 42 teeth for an adult dog. The number of adult teeth is different because some of them don’t have a deciduous version.

There are four different types of teeth.

Small front teeth which are used to groom and nibble are called incisors.

Dogs have large fangs used for hunting, piercing, holding objects and protection.

The cheek teeth are used for holding, shearing, and grinding.

The teeth on the back of the mouth are referred to as the ‘carnassial’ teeth, and they are similar to a pair of scissors. The upper carnassial is the fourth premolar, while the lower one is the first.

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