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Navigating the World of Puppy Teething: A Guide for Owners

Puppy Teething 101: Understanding and Managing Your Pup's Discomfort
Published Friday, January 27, 2023 by Madeline I

The process of teething can be a difficult time for both puppies and their owners, as puppies may experience discomfort and may chew on anything they can get their cute paws on. Understanding the process of teething and how to best care for your puppy during this time is an important part of being a responsible pet parent. 

By the end of this guide, you will have a better understanding of the teething process in puppies, how to help them through it, and how to maintain the good oral health of your puppy. You will also have knowledge about the importance of dental care and how to provide the best possible care for your pup. 

All About Puppy Teeth: A Guide for New Pet Owners 

fawn puppy chewing on a chew rope

As a new pet owner, understanding the development and care of your puppy's teeth is an important part of providing them with a healthy and happy life. Here is everything you need to know about puppy teething: 

  • Development: Puppies are born without teeth, but begin to develop their first set of teeth, known as "milk teeth" or "deciduous teeth," at around 3-4 weeks of age. These are replaced by permanent teeth, starting at around 3-4 months old, and the process of teething can last until the puppy is around 6-7 months old. 
  • Order of eruption: The order of puppy teeth eruption is incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. Permanent teeth will push out the puppy teeth in the same order. 
  • Signs of teething: During the teething process, puppies may experience discomfort and may chew on anything in their sight. Some common signs of teething include increased drooling, chewing on everything, irritability, and red, swollen gums. 
  • Care and Maintenance: To keep your puppy's teeth healthy it's important to provide appropriate chew toys, brush their teeth regularly, feed them a healthy diet, and keep an eye on their teeth as they grow. Regular dental check-ups with your veterinarian can also help to prevent and identify any issues. 
  • Training: Teaching your puppy to tolerate teeth brushing and other dental care procedures from a young age can make it easier to maintain their dental health as they grow older. 

It's important to note that maintaining good dental hygiene for your puppy is not only important for their oral health but also for their overall well-being. Dental problems can lead to pain and difficulty eating, and oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect other organs leading to more serious health issues. By providing your puppy with regular dental care, you'll be helping to ensure that they can live a long and healthy life. 

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From Milk Teeth to Permanent Teeth: Understanding Puppy Teething 

black and white puppy chewing on a toy ball

Puppies are born toothless, but at around 3 to 4 weeks old, they begin to develop their first set of teeth, known as "milk teeth," "deciduous teeth" or "puppy teeth." These teeth are small and sharp and are eventually replaced by permanent teeth as the puppy matures. The process of teething begins around 3 to 4 months and can last until the puppy reaches 6 to 7 months of age. 

During the teething process, puppies may experience discomfort and may chew on anything they can to alleviate the discomfort. This is why it's important to provide your puppy with quality chew toys to help them through this process. 

The order of puppy tooth eruptions is as follows: Incisors, Canines, Premolars, and Molars. Permanent teeth will push out the puppy teeth in a similar order. 

It's a good idea to keep an eye on your puppy's teeth as they grow, looking for any signs of issues or abnormalities. It's also important to begin regular dental care for your puppy as soon as their permanent teeth come in, to help ensure that their teeth stay healthy throughout their life. 

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Recognizing the Signs of Teething in Puppies and How to Help 

tan puppy chewing on a chew stick

Recognizing the signs of teething in puppies can be important in order to help them through the process. Some common signs of teething in puppies include: 

  • Chewing on everything: Puppies may chew on anything they can get their paws on, including shoes, furniture, and other household items. 
  • Increased drooling: Teething puppies may drool more than usual. 
  • Irritability and fussiness: Teething puppies may be more irritable and fussier than usual. 
  • Red, swollen gums: The gums of teething puppies may appear red and swollen. 

To help your puppy through the teething process, you can try the following: 

  • Provide appropriate chew toys: Give your puppy toys that are specifically designed for teething puppies, such as rubber toys or chew bones.
  • Use a frozen washcloth: Wet a washcloth and put it in the freezer for a little while. Give it to your puppy to chew on, this can help to soothe sore gums.
  • Keep your puppy cool: Teething puppies may feel more uncomfortable when they're warm, so try to keep your puppy cool.
  • Brush your puppies' teeth: Introduce your puppy to teeth brushing routine as soon as possible to make it easy and a habit when they are older. 

It's important to supervise your puppy while they're chewing and to take away any items that they should not be chewing on. It's also important to note that during teething you should avoid giving hard and crunchy food, as it may cause damage to their teeth. You should also consider consulting with your vet to ensure that your puppy's teething process is progressing normally and to address any concerns you may have. 

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The Importance of Proper Dental Care for Your Puppy 

white and brown dog receiving a dental chew stick from a human

Here are some ways to maintain good dental care for your puppy: 

  • Brush your puppy's teeth regularly: Brushing your puppy's teeth at least twice a week with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dogs can help to remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up. 
  • Provide appropriate chew toys: Provide your puppy with appropriate chew toys and bones that can help to scrape off plaque and keep their teeth clean. 
  • Feed a healthy diet: Feeding your puppy a healthy diet that is low in sugar and other harmful ingredients can help to promote healthy teeth and gums. 
  • Regular dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups with your veterinarian can help to identify any dental issues early on and prevent them from becoming more serious problems. 

It's important to introduce dental care at a young age, in order to get your puppy used to it and make it a regular part of their routine. Regular dental care will help to ensure that your puppy's teeth stay healthy and strong and that they can live a long, happy, and healthy life. 

It's a good idea to start introducing your pup to teeth brushing from early on, by using a pet finger brush and building the frequency and duration of brushing as the puppy gets older. 

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Conclusion 

In conclusion, teething is a normal process in a puppy's growth and development, it starts around 3 to 4 weeks when they start growing their first set of "milk teeth" and lasts until 6 to 7 months of age. Puppies may experience discomfort during this period and it's important to provide appropriate chew toys to alleviate any discomfort. Proper dental care is essential for maintaining your puppy's overall health and well-being and can include regular teeth brushing, appropriate chew toys, a healthy diet, and regular check-ups with the vet. 

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Madeline I

About The Author

Madeline, a remarkable wordsmith and canine connoisseur at Premier Pups, possesses an exceptional understanding of dogs, setting her apart in the world of pet journalism. Her meticulous research skills and genuine affinity for her furry subjects culminate in articles that are both informative and captivating. Madeline's distinctive writing style brings the canine experience to life, making complex topics accessible and engaging for readers. As a trusted source of wisdom for dog enthusiasts, Madeline's unique contributions have become an essential component of the Premier Pups community, where her passion and expertise continue to inspire a deeper appreciation for the world of dogs.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is puppy teething painful? Puppy teething can be uncomfortable or painful for some puppies. As their baby teeth fall out and their adult teeth come in, puppies may experience sore gums and a strong desire to chew. Some signs that a puppy is experiencing pain during teething include excessive drooling, biting, whining, or reluctance to eat. However, it is also common for puppies to go through this process without showing any signs of discomfort. If you suspect your puppy is experiencing pain during teething, it is best to consult with your veterinarian for guidance.

Are puppy teeth supposed to fall out? Yes, puppy teeth (also known as deciduous or baby teeth) are supposed to fall out as the puppy's adult teeth come in. This process is called exfoliation. Just like human babies, puppies are born without any teeth, but by the time they are three to four weeks old, they start to get their first set of teeth which includes 28 deciduous teeth. These teeth will start to fall out around 3-4 months of age and be replaced by 42 adult teeth by the time the puppy is 7-8 months old. This process can last until the puppy is around 6-7 months old. Some puppies may lose their teeth sooner or later, it varies from puppy to puppy.

Can puppy teething cause loss of appetite? Puppy teething can cause a loss of appetite in some cases. As puppies go through the teething process, they may experience sore gums and a strong desire to chew. This can make eating less appealing or even uncomfortable for them. Additionally, some puppies may drool excessively during teething, which can make it difficult for them to eat or drink. In addition to this, puppies may also experience a decrease in appetite because of an increase in energy expenditure during the teething process.

How long will my puppy be teething for? The puppy teething process typically lasts from around 3 to 7 months of age but can vary from puppy to puppy. Puppies usually start to get their first set of teeth between 3 to 4 weeks of age and will have all their baby teeth by 3-4 months of age. Then they will start to lose their baby teeth as their adult teeth come in, which continues until they are around 6-7 months old.

How to help puppy teething pain? To help alleviate puppy teething pain, you can provide them with durable chew toys and frozen or refrigerated ones and use a teething gel or a puppy-safe numbing agent recommended by your vet. You can also offer a wet washcloth or a cold spoon for your puppy to chew on and keep an eye on their behavior to ensure they're not experiencing excessive pain.

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