Dental health for your dog




Dog health is an important part of overall health. It is good to have a basic understanding of the normal development of teeth in dogs so you can take good care of your dog's teeth. Dogs are born without any teeth. At about two or two weeks of age, the dog begins to get his first set of teeth and has about 28 of these temporary teeth after two months. The first group of dog teeth consists of incisors, as well as premolars. These teeth begin to fall out, as they are replaced by permanent teeth for adults when the dog is about 12 weeks old.

Most dog teeth come at about 6 months of age. During this time, many dogs suffer from teething pain and want to chew and necrosis in a variety of things. By the time you enter all the dog's adult teeth, he will get a full set of 42 teeth. 12 small teeth at the front of the mouth are incisors. These teeth are used to pick up small pieces of food. There are also four long teeth near the front of the mouth. These are the teeth used to tear larger portions of food. There are 16 premolars on both sides of the dog's mouth that are used to chop food into small pieces. At the back of the dog's mouth, there are 10 molars useful in crushing and grinding food. Without dental hygiene, there is an 80% probability. Infections in the teeth and gums can cause any of these problems to interfere with the dog's bloodstream, or infect vital organs, such as his lungs, heart, kidneys or intestines.
Your veterinarian is the best source for learning dental hygiene techniques for your dog. Regularly schedule dental examinations for your dog as he is still young to avoid difficulties when he is older. Routine dental hygiene can prevent many dog problems, such as gum irritation and tartar build-up, while other problems, such as malocclusion, can be detected early and treated appropriately.

During the normal examination of dog teeth, the veterinarian will usually look for tartar evidence and will examine the teeth for cavities, looseness and other defects; the dog is usually under anesthesia during the exam, so he can not eat anything the night before. Sometimes, your veterinarian may suggest blood tests or a health check before you perform an anesthetic dental examination. This will identify any other complications your dog has, as well as ensure his or her safety during the next procedure. If your dog has dental problems, he or she may be given an antibiotic to treat any infection found and to prevent further complications.

One of the signs of illness or infection in the dog's mouth is bad breath. This may also mean that your dog has a lime build-up around the gums. This accumulation creates bacteria that can inflame the gums and cause discomfort, as well as other complications. Tooth decay is not a common problem with dogs. Their teeth have a naturally tapered shape, making it less likely that foods and fluids will eat teeth, and their saliva does not contain the acids found in human saliva. Dog chewing reactions also help keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay.

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