Do Dogs Teeth Fall Out?

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Yes dogs teeth do fall out. They fall out for two main reasons, "jaw development and growth" and "periodontal disease".

Jaw development and growth

Jaw development and growth is part of nature for all animals. When pups are born they have both deciduous and permanent teeth buds sitting in their gums. As pups grow, their deciduous teeth erupt first. Later, on their way to becoming adult dogs, the roots of their baby teeth are absorbed and they fall out. Absorption is triggered by permanent teeth growing underneath.

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Newborns

Puppies are born without teeth, just like human babies. Their baby teeth start to erupt around 4 weeks give or take a week either way.

At this young age puppies have very weak jaws and to compensate for this Mother Nature has given them razor sharp teeth. In the wild, razor sharp teeth have their advantages for learning to rip meat, but for suckling Mums, puppies' sharp teeth are very uncomfortable.

Owners need to be aware of this fact and assist the Mums to wean their pups by offering puppies soft puppy food and gradually increasing this to solid food.

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Losing Baby Teeth

Pups loose their incisors or front teeth first, followed by their premolars. The last teeth to fall out are canines. Keeping their canines until last is designed by nature to perform 2 very important functions:

  • Maintaining the arch of their jaws.
  • Maintaining teeth spacing.

Depending on the breed of dog, most puppies start to lose their baby teeth at around 4 months. This is very much an individual thing, as some puppies can begin as early as 3 months and others may not begin to lose them until they're 6 months or even older.

Very occasionally, Mother Nature forgets to kick in and some dogs still have some deciduous teeth remaining by the time they reach maturity. In this case seek advice from your vet, who will most probably advise immediate extraction, because extra teeth floating around can put your dogs occlusion out of alignment and interrupt its ability to chew naturally.

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Teething

As with human children the teething process for puppies continues on and off for several months. It is generally a painful and uncomfortable period and they will look for things to chew and gnaw at.

We recommend that you provide them with plenty of toys or hide chew bars to vent their feelings on, and to keep articles of value, e.g. new shoes tucked away safely in your wardrobe!

Fortunately the teething period does come to an end, and by the time puppies have reached 8 months old, give or take a month or two they should have a full set of adult teeth. Sometimes adult teeth are referred to as permanent teeth.

Most breeds have 42 permanent teeth, the Chow Chow is the exception to the rule with 44.

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Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is the main reason why adult dogs' teeth fall out, or are extracted by a veterinarian. In fact periodontal disease is the most common disease found in dogs and affects more than 80% of dogs aged three years or older.

The condition starts with Gingivitis and progresses to periodontal disease and in many cases ends with abscesses, extractions and general anesthetics. The subject warrants separate web pages and is covered in Gingivitis, and Periodontal Disease and Anaesthetics in this website.

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Home  |  Welcome  |  About Us  |  How To Clean My Dogs Teeth  |  Dental Disease Precursors  |  Dog Dental Decay  |  Gingivitis in Dogs
Periodontal Disease in Dogs  |  Periodontal Grades  |  Prevention of Periodontal Disease  |  Dog Stomatitis  |  Dog Dental Anesthesia
Dog Bacterial Infections  |  Dog Dental Care  |  Puppy Breath  |  Dog Breath Cure  |  Your Dog's Diet  |  Dog Dental Facts
Dog Dental FAQ  |  Dog Dental Care Products  |  Insights & Articles  |  Useful Links  |  Our Privacy Policy  |  Disclaimer

Follow these links and soak up the free information to gain a happier, healthier dog who thinks you are the best person on the planet!

Your dogs suffer in silence because they can't tell you about . . .

their painful teeth    |     their flea problems    |     or their allergies

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