puppy tooth loss
Why Puppies Lose Teeth – Oral Care Tips
Why do puppies’ teeth fall out? As a new puppy owner, it can be a huge cause for concern to find a loose tooth lying on the ground. However, it’s usually not a cause for panic: Just like humans, puppies lose their baby teeth as they grow older. With that said, there are times when you need to be careful because tooth loss can be a sign of a serious gum problem in some cases. Let’s look at how to tell the difference between normal and abnormal tooth loss, as well as some tips to make sure your pup’s teeth stay healthy.
When a puppy’s teeth fall out
Just like people, dogs have different sets of teeth because they eat different types of food as they age. A younger puppy eats mostly soft food. As it ages, it transitions to eating solid foods and needs larger, stronger teeth to grind solids.
And just like human babies, puppies go through a teething period. When their permanent teeth start to come in, they start to chew on everything in sight, so it’s important to have plenty of chew toys at this time if you want to prevent your clothes and furniture from being destroyed. Puppy teeth will be replaced by adult teeth between the ages of three and six months, so if you find loose teeth during these times, it’s completely normal.
Trouble Warning Signs
There are signs to look for that indicate a tooth loss is not normal. For example, if your puppy stops losing teeth after six months of age, only to suddenly find a loose adult tooth several months later accompanied by bleeding gums, this is cause for concern. It indicates that the puppy lacks the nutritional requirements necessary to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Keep in mind that it is normal for there to be a little blood on a knocked-out tooth, but watch out for bleeding and swelling of the gums.
General tips for oral care of puppies
There are several things you can do to help ensure your puppy’s teeth and gums stay healthy. For starters, you can get into the routine of regularly cleaning a dog’s teeth. Some people think this sounds ridiculous at first, but you brush your teeth, doesn’t it make sense to take care of your dog’s dental health in the same way?
This does not mean that you have to brush your dog’s teeth every day. Once every few weeks is usually enough. What is more important is what you actually use to brush the puppy’s teeth. You should use a product that contains a mixture of natural antibacterial substances such as grape seed extract and thyme oil. This helps eliminate the bad bacteria that lead to bad breath in your dog and also helps prevent plaque buildup.
It is best to start regular brushing as soon as the puppy has fully dentified. You may even want to start before then so you get used to the feeling.