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Caring for Dog Teeth at Different Ages

A dental routine is a critical part of your pet’s overall health playbook. Your dog will need different types of dental care at different stages of life, however. 

For example, the enamel on puppy teeth is not as strong as adult teeth. This makes their teeth sensitive, vulnerable and needing extra care, yet not strong enough for some adult dog dental care treatments. The good news is that puppies are in a learning stage of life where it may be easier to incorporate an oral health routine. 

Meanwhile, adult dog teeth are far less fragile and can withstand a more rigorous dental routine. Caring for adult dogs’ teeth is especially important because they need them for the rest of their lives; like human adult teeth, they don’t grow back.  

Older dogs have a higher risk of dental conditions because their teeth are more fragile and have worn down over time.  

Puppy Teeth

Taking care of puppy teeth can be tricky. Puppies’ mouths and teeth are constantly growing and going through changes, which makes it especially important to keep an eye on their dental health.  

By the age of three to four weeks, your puppy should have started growing their first set of teeth. Just like people, dogs grow a set of puppy teeth before their adult teeth come through.  

Once their puppy teeth have come in, it takes about three to four months before they begin to fall out and adult dog teeth begin to take their place. Despite the brief existence of your dog’s puppy teeth, it’s still important to look after them.  

After all, at this young age, puppies put things in their mouth to learn about the environment around them. This means they get a lot of use and are subject to a lot of wear and tear, considering that they’re not as strong as adult teeth. 

The below tips can help keep your puppy’s teeth healthy throughout their first year. 

Adult Dog Teeth

Your dog’s adult life begins at about 12 months, depending on their breed. At this time, they’ll have a full set of permanent teeth needing proper care. Here are a few ways to do that effectively: 

Senior Dog Teeth

It’s essential to keep your elderly dog’s teeth and gums healthy and strong. Senior dogs are at a higher risk of having gum conditions than younger dogs. Common dental issues in older dogs include:  

It’s an essential part of grooming to make sure you carry out your dog’s usual dental routine from puppyhood into his senior years. This means regular brushing and use of dental rinses if necessary. A daily dental chew can have positive effects as well.  

Get more tips on canine dental care from our experts on our Pet Expertise page.