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How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have

There are 42 teeth present in adult dogs. There are 12 incisors, 4 canine teeth, 16 premolars , and 10 molars. Puppies only have 28 deciduous teeth.

Dogs start out with 28 deciduous (baby) teeth. By six months of age, these baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, 42 in the dog. With the proper care, your dog will get to keep all 42 of those teeth the rest of his life.

Adult dogs have 42 teeth. Dogs have two sets of teeth, including baby and adult teeth. They have insisors 6 upper jaw 6 lower jaw, canine 2, upper jaw , 2 lower jaw, promolar 8 upper jaw , 8 lower jaw, molars 4, upper jaw and 6 lower jaw.

They have teeth similar to ours in that they have canines, molars, and premolars. Dogs have similar dental problems and issues to humans as well.

Six pairs of sharp incisor teeth are in front of the mouth, flanked by two pairs of large canine (“dog”) teeth. The other teeth are premolars and molars. The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth.

Puppies have 28 deciduous , or baby teeth, and loose them all, just as children do. You’re very lucky to have to found so many. I only have four of my pup’s baby teeth. Most of them get swallowed , and is perfectly normal. The dog won’t be hurt by swallowing any of them.

 

Once all their adult teeth have come in, your dog will have around 42 permanent teeth. This includes the adult version of canines and incisors they had as puppies, plus molars. Occasionally, a dog will have a tooth or two that doesn’t come in. If it causes pain, it may need to be extracted. Once adult teeth are in, these are it, so you need to take care of them. It’s estimated that 80% of dogs over age 2 have some form of dental disease. Dental disease takes many forms, such as:

  • Chronic bad breath – this is a common symptom that signals something is wrong.
  • Gingivitis (inflamed gums) – reversible with treatment.
  • Periodontal disease – infection between the teeth and gums. Very painful and may require tooth extraction.
  • Cysts and tumors – lumps that form in the gums. May require drainage or surgery.
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