Puppy Teeth

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Good dental health can help prevent a variety of health conditions in later life, and it’s best to start brushing teeth early so pets get accustomed to it.

80% of adult pets have signs of dental disease but thankfully with a good dental routine it is avoidable. Daily brushing is the best way to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar, and you’ll be given a dental cleaning demo at your Free Adolescent Assessment Nurse Clinic at around 5 months.

  • Get your dog accustomed to having its mouth handled first before using a brush and paste
  • Only use paste that is designed for dogs
  • Get into a routine of brushing daily

How to clean a puppy’s teeth?

Brushing your dog's teeth is just as important in preventing dental disease as brushing your own. Ideally your pet should get used to having its teeth cleaned from an early age.

  • Wrapping a piece of soft gauze around your finger and gently rubbing the dog's teeth should get it used to the idea.
  • You can then move on to using a toothbrush specially designed for pets. 
  • Toothbrushes which fit over the end of your finger are available for dogs and cats and are very easy to use.
  • Use an enzymatic toothpaste to remove plaque and reduce tartar formation and help keep pets’ and reduces bad breath.
  • Pet toothpastes are flavoured with chicken or beef to ensure that they love the taste and to make brushing more enjoyable.
  • Do not attempt to use human toothpaste.  It contains fluoride and as dogs won’t spit it out it can do serious harm.


When do they lose their first teeth?

This usually begins at 4 months and the canine teeth drop out at about 6 months.  You may find them lying about the floor or sometimes puppies swallow them. 

If you have any concnerns about your dog's dental health book a free nurse clinic