If it’s your first time caring for an adorable puppy, one of the questions you can ask is “When will they lose their baby teeth?”
This is vital because, at some point, they will start teething and chew through your objects to offset the pain of growing their first set of teeth. And you won’t blame your canine baby for that.
So here in this article, we’ll discuss when they will lose their baby teeth, what you can do with that, and also how you can take care of your puppy’s teeth so they’ll become sharp and strong.
When does a puppy lose their teeth?
The short answer: a puppy should lose their baby teeth between three to six months since they were born. Replacing them in due time will be their permanent adult teeth.
If you want to check the precise timeframe of when they lose their teeth, keep reading:
- Three Months: At three months old, the puppy will start to lose their first set of teeth. The first teeth that will come off are the incisors, which are situated in the lower front part of the mouth.
- Four Months: When they become four months old, most of their baby teeth will have been lost. Slowly their adult molars will start to grow, and they can teeth a bit at this time.
- Six Months – Two months later, all of their adult teeth will have come out to continue to grow. Also, bear in mind it’s at this time you should check their dental features.
If one of their teeth is crooked or gives them an overbite, you have to soon take them to a pet care expert or a dentist in order to correct that issue.
What can I do for my puppy as they lose teeth?
Vets advise that you just let your pup’s teeth fall out naturally. So don’t try to pull them out.
The reason is that the baby teeth of puppies have long roots, and pulling them out can damage this root, making it prone to infection.
In some instances where the baby tooth is getting in the way of the adult teeth growing, you have to get your pet to a vet clinic to have them pulled out.
Not doing this can cause biting problems as well as a build-up of dental plaque and tartar and bad breath for the dog.
How to Take Care of Your Puppy’s Teeth
One of the responsibilities of a puppy owner is to take care of their health—and that includes their teeth. So, get your pet used to your checking or brushing their teeth from the very start.
To do this, gently touch their mouth, gums, and teeth. You can even be playful with it so your dog won’t feel scared or irritated by your actions.
This way, you’ll be aware of their new set of teeth as they grow, which tooth has fallen out, or if he has a biting problem. This will help you keep their dental health in fantastic condition all the time.
Also, when they’re teething, you can give them these foods or chewing items to ease their pain and discomfort.
- Cold carrots – Along with vitamins and minerals, cold carrots provide the benefit of mitigating teething pain. However, don’t feed the puppy more than one whole carrot a day because it is high in fiber.
If a dog has too much fiber, it can make them defecate more times than usual or even have diarrhea.
- Mini-bagels – This can be of the regular or fruit variety. This numbs the gingiva, which causes their toothache.
Plus, its dense texture will help to lose the baby teeth that are about to come off.
Also, be careful, though, to not feed them blueberry bagels or those with onions.
- Frozen towel or dishrag – Get a towel or dishrag, wet it with water, and then freeze it. Afterward, twist it into a rope-like shape and give it to your puppy to chew on.
The cold will serve to reduce their teething pain, while the chewiness of the towel will encourage proper biting.
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