Just like us, puppies need good oral hygiene to stay healthy. Starting him off in the right way will help you maintain a clean mouth throughout his life.
Get to know his teeth
Puppies have 28 temporary teeth that appear at around four weeks of age and fall out between 14 and 30 weeks. And like a teething baby, your pup may chew much more when his 42 adult teeth start to emerge.
Dental problems can start early in a dog’s life. Many dogs start to show signs of dental disease around three years old, so it’s important to establish a healthy and regular cleaning routine as soon as possible.
Keep that smile bright
In between regularly scheduled professional examinations, here are some things you can do to help maintain those pearly whites.
- Brush his teeth with specially formulated dog toothpaste. To get him used to having your fingers and a brush in his mouth, try rubbing his gums and teeth as soon as you bring him home.
- Get him a chew toy. That’s right, these aren’t just for fun; they also satisfy his need to chew. They’ll also help massage his gums and remove soft tartar build-up on his teeth.
- Feed him the right diet. Dry, crunchy foods like PURINA® BETA® Puppy can help keep teeth clean by scraping against them. This helps reduce tartar build-up.
Things to watch out for
Puppy dental problems can cause everything from bad breath to eating difficulties, and even infections that affect not only the mouth but other parts of the body as well.
Keep an eye out for common signs of dental issues. Though they are rare in puppies, they may indicate a problem:
- Aversion to eating
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Blood in the saliva
- Yellow-brown tartar at the gum line
- Broken teeth
- Stinky breath
It’s important to establish regular dental cleanings at the vet’s while also maintaining a healthy routine at home. If these problems already exist and have gone beyond the point of a simple brushing, make sure to visit your vet.