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Dental Health for Puppies

It’s never too early to start brushing

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Dental care for puppies

By the time they’re three years old, eight out of 10 dogs show signs of dental disease. You can help your pet beat those statistics.

The best “cure” for dental problems is to prevent them in the first place and start young. At three to four weeks old, puppies start to lose their baby teeth and get their 42 permanent adult teeth. Here are a few things you can do to help keep those teeth healthy:

  • Begin brushing. Brushing is an experience your pup will likely have to get used to. Though it’s never too late to start brushing your dog’s teeth, it’s helpful to begin when puppies are very young. Ease into it by massaging their gums regularly while you’re snuggling them. Then work your way up to a weekly tooth-brushing. Talk to your vet if you’d like a demonstration.
  • Provide chew toys. Teething is a fact of life in puppy parenting. A supply of specially designed toys (and patience) will come in handy as you manage it.
  • Schedule check-ups. Dogs should go to the vet for a dental exam twice a year and may need their teeth cleaned yearly. If your little furball’s breath is extra-stinky lately, give the vet a call. Bad breath can be a sign of dental problems or gum disease.
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