This may be due to oral diseases, which are usually related to poor hygiene and even feeding dogs. The most common conditions are tartar formation, gingivitis and periodontists.
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Teething and falling teeth in puppies
The fangs of dogs grow twice. The deciduous teeth and the definitive teeth. They are born with milk teeth that fall to make room for definitive teeth that, with age and possible pathologies, also end up falling.
At birth, dogs are without fangs. Their baby teeth begin to appear around two weeks old. The puppy will have a full dentition at the age of two or three months.
Puppies have 28 teeth, while adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth. The baby teeth fall at four or six months. As soon as the fall begins, the definitive teeth develop. This process is called teething.
Some puppies may feel more pain than normal during this process, but the only thing the owner can do is provide his pet with the necessary toys to relieve it.
Oral diseases and falling teeth in dogs
Periodontal diseases, that is, diseases that affect all of the tissues that hold their fangs, can lead to inflammation, infections and even tooth drop in dogs.
After each meal, it is normal for the plaque to accumulate on the surface of the fangs. It is essential that you try to eliminate this plaque with at least a weekly brushing. If the plate is maintained, it is likely to undergo a process of mineralization that transforms it into scale.
The diagnosis of oral diseases is usually preceded by an exploration of the dog’s oral cavity and an x-ray. Some of the most common diseases include:
- Tartar. As we have already mentioned, this is a mineralization of bacterial plaque caused by a lack of continuous hygiene.
- Gingivitis. With the accumulation of bacterial plaque, an inflammatory reaction of the gums that can lead to gingivitis can occur. The most common symptoms are halitosis or bad breath and inflammation and bleeding gums.
- Periodontists. It is defined as the destruction of all tissues that hold the tooth. The most common symptoms are loss of attachment of the teeth, gingival recession, ie removal of the gums and the presence of moving teeth.
Treatment and prevention
The diseases mentioned are responsible for falling teeth in older dogs. They pose a threat to the health of your pet. We must be vigilant to prevent and treat these diseases as quickly as possible.
Oral hygiene is one of the main preventive measures. The professional can remove the plate under anesthesia and is characterized by the use of ultrasonic devices and manual tools for scraping.
As for what we can do at home, there are special brushes with which we can help maintain our dog’s hygiene. Brushing is recommended at least once a week.
For many owners, brushing their pet’s fangs can be a waste of time, which they can not afford. At the supermarket, there are also special toys that clean the fangs of the dog while gnawing.
Foods also play an important role in preventing scale formation. Dry foods, for example, can help eliminate plaque. With these tips, we hope that your dog’s fangs will be healthy.