Just like humans, dogs have 4 types of teeth:
- Incisors. These are the very small teeth located at the front of the mouth;
- Canines. These are the pointy teeth located behind the incisors;
- Premolars. They are right behind the canine teeth;
- Molars. They are in the back of the mouth.
Adult teeth replace baby teeth between the ages of 4 and 7 months old. Each type of teeth comes out at a different time:
- The incisors come out between 3 and 5 months old;
- The canines and the premolars come out between 4 and 6 months old;
- The molars come out between 5 and 7 months old.
Adult teeth sometimes come out later than they are supposed to, mainly in small breed dogs. Sometimes, even, some baby teeth do not even fall out. In that case, the dog finds himself with both baby and adult teeth.
This is problematic because the baby teeth can hinder the growth of the corresponding adult teeth. Furthermore, because the baby teeth is so close to the adult teeth, tarter accumulates more easily there.
When a dog still has baby teeth by the time he is 9 months old, it is recommended to have them removed.
Your dog is older thant 9 months and he still has one or more baby teeth. Make an apointment in one of our establishments to have them removed.
28 baby teeth:
- Top et bottom jaw: 6 incisors, 2 canines and 6 premolars.
42 adult teeth:
- Top jaw: 6 incisors, 2 canines, 8 premolars and 4 molars;
- Bottom jaw: 6 incisors, 2 canines, 8 premolars and 6 molars.
Each type of tooth plays a specific role. The incisors pick the food up, the canines kill the prey, the premolars slice food and the molars masticate.