Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?
It sure is!
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February so I thought this would be a great time to share some quick and simple facts about your dog’s teeth.
- Puppies have 28 teeth. 14 on the top and 14 on the bottom. They start to erupt around 3-4 weeks of age.
- Most puppies lose their puppy teeth around 4-5 months.
- Puppies don’t have molars, they grow in later.
- Adult dogs have 42 teeth. 20 on the top and 22 on the bottom. These begin to peek through the gums around 4 months of age. (Humans have 32 teeth)
- Adult dog’s teeth are broken down into 4 categories: incisors, canines, premolars, molars.
- Adult dog’s have 10 molars. 4 in the upper and 6 in the lower jaw. They have 16 premolars.
- It’s not common for dogs to get cavities because they don’t consume as much sugar as humans.
- Dog’s teeth are prone to decay and can be prone to gum disease.
- Veterinarians say that most dogs over the age of 3 will have periodontal disease.
- The most common diagnosed oral problem in dogs is periodontal disease.
Pretty cool, eh?!
While National Pet Dental Health Month is celebrated in February it’s important to practice good dental care all year round for your dog. This can sometimes be challenging, especially if you have dogs with special needs like me.
We normally stick to brushing because dental chews have never worked out. The only thing that Sherman likes to chew on is sticks and while Leroy will chew on just about anything, he has a tendency to bite off big pieces which is a no, no with his stomach issues. I have tried everything with this dog and it always winds up with me fishing a big hunk of something out of his mouth. That’s why I would like to give special thanks to Pet Valu for sending Sherman and Leroy some awesome swag for National Pet Dental Month! They took some extra time to pick out some products that are perfect for them!
They also sent us a coupon for a free dog wash! Woo-hoo!!
So how do you care for your dog’s teeth?