Caring for your puppy’s teeth is key for the little fella to have a healthy life. But when do puppies stop teething? Here we discover what actually happens during this process.
When Do Puppies Stop Teething: The Teething Stage
At first they will grow 28 baby teeth. While she will still be nursing, the breeder will begin weaning her from milk. The aim is to slowly introduce the teething puppy to soft and moist puppy food.
The teething starts with the incisors, with 6 on top, and 6 at the bottom of the puppy’s mouth. Four canine teeth follow, 2 on the top and another 2 on the bottom. The premolars show up as well during this stage.
Puppies grow 3 on top and 3 on the bottom—on each side of the mouth. It’s worth noting that they generally benefit from retained deciduous teeth.
The teething process is painful. There may be a high-pitched noise as they lose baby teeth. This is to draw attention to their plight. Human babies puppies, and other animals are similar in this respect.
It’s all about pressure release. In effect, they need chew toys because puppies chew!
8 – 16 weeks, to 8 months
Any time after the puppy reaches 8 weeks of age, the temporary teeth (also called milk teeth, deciduous teeth or puppy teeth) will commence falling out. Puppies lose the teeth quickly. This is a direct inference of the adult teeth propelling the temporary ones out of their path.
How it happens:
First, the incisors drop when the puppy is around 12-16 weeks of age.
People usually bring their puppies home from the breeders at this point. Although in some cases the breeder can encourage you to go home with the little pooch as early as 8 weeks. In other cases, one may wait for another month, based on the particular breed.
The canines will follow when the dog gets to 16 weeks old.
The essential ingredient before teething starts is socialization for your pet. This is to enable your dog to become accustomed to new experiences, like getting their teeth brushed. Just be careful not to get nipped, since the remaining milk teeth are still sharp.
The premolars drop at 24 weeks (8 months of age).
All through the teething process, it is recommended that you invest in safe chew chewable toys for the puppy. Additionally, it is possible to get anti-chew spray for your shoes and furniture legs. This bitter substance works.
The ideal toys for these are made of hard rubber or nylon—especially those that you can fill with water and frozen treats. These are beneficial for their gums. Of course, you should never leave your pup alone while its playing. It’s not advisable to allow your dog to chew things that aren’t capable of bending.
By the time the dog is reaching 8 months old, he should have all 42 permanent adult teeth. That means incisors (12), canines (4), premolars (16), molars (10). That completes the teething stage.
Visible baby teeth
If you see a baby tooth still around after 30 weeks, don’t panic. Instead, schedule a visitation with the vet to have it removed.
Over the teething journey, it’s recommended that you allocate time to train little Bella on good mouth manners. For example, ensuring they display bite inhibition. Definitively,puppies bite at everything from the moment the milk teeth show up.
With bite inhibition, your pup is taught to use her “soft mouth”. That way she will be gentle with people even when she gets 42 permanent teeth.
Taking Care Of Your Puppy’s Teeth
- When the puppy reaches six months, the majority of the adult teeth should have begun taking shape. If you notice a crooked growing pattern, or an extensive overbite, then consult the vet to have this corrected in advancement of completion of the teething process. When the correction is done at this stage, it ensures that there will not be any long-lasting effects. If untreated, it will lead to the dog having eating difficulties later on.
- While the puppy teeth don’t usually last long enough for serious complications to develop, you should still ensure acquiescence to a proper oral hygiene regime. This should include dry and crunchy foods.
- It’s important to consider your dog’s reactions when someone’s fingers will be in their mouth. The assumption is a lack of requirement to have fingers bitten off, particularly at the vets. Prevention requires the occasional rub of your dog’s gums and teeth gently, practice periodically.
- Do not use human toothpaste when brushing your dog’s teeth. Choose a toothbrush & toothpaste that has been approved for use on dogs.
Identifying Dental Problems In Your Dog
Potential teeth issues should be resolved as early as possible. Be aware of all signs, such as blood displaying in the saliva, Fluffy having a foul breath, or red and swollen gums. The likelihood is bleeding, broken teeth, or yellowish-brown tartar that has formed at the gum line.
If you notice any of these signs, you should schedule a visit to the vet, to address the dental problems and establish underlying conditions.
These could consequentially result in a significant array of problems. Included in these significantly poor eating habits, periodontal disease, to infections that spread to the heart or kidneys.