Most dogs have a full set of gnashers! But hey, my dog’s teeth don’t look much like mine! Have you ever wondered about them?
Here are 5 fun facts about your dog’s teeth
1. They have two sets, (just like us)
Young human children have baby teeth just like young dogs have puppy teeth.
Those puppy teeth are known as deciduous or milk teeth. Puppy teeth begin laying the path through which their adult teeth will pass through. Your puppy’s adult teeth will start pushing through from around 4 months of age.
The puppy teeth become loose and eventually fall out and the roots are absorbed into the gums. The process is complete at around 6 months when your puppy should have all their adult teeth showing themselves (much faster than the rate at which human baby teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth).
2. They have lots more permanent teeth than we do
There are only 28 puppy teeth, but adult dogs show of 42 pearly whites! Humans have only 32 and cats have 30 teeth as an adult.
Adult teeth in dogs actually begin to form before they are even born. They erupt into their assigned positions as the puppy teeth “exfoliate” or fall out.
3. They are the teeth of a carnivore!
“What big teeth you have!” – the size and shape of your dog’s teeth are very different from your own.
Incisors are the teeth in the very front of the mouth. Vegan animals have big front teeth (think rabbits and horses) for grasping grasses, while carnivores have tiny front rows of teeth (think cats and dogs, lions and tigers).
The most obvious teeth in the front of your dog’s mouth are the large canines! They are found in front, two on the top and two on the bottom. They are long and pointy and perfect for grasping, lifting, tearing and if necessary, is used for defence.
In the back of the mouth are the large carnassial teeth. These are designed to shear against one another in order to slice things. Human teeth, our molars, are designed more for grinding against one another so that we may chew our food to break it down before swallowing.
4. The roots of dog teeth are somewhat different too
Similar but different from our human tooth roots, that is. The roots of dogs’ teeth are similar to ours, except the three upper molars have two roots, and the two lower molars have three roots. And the roots of dogs’ teeth are surprisingly long. The part of each tooth you can see above the gum is only about one-third the length of the entire tooth including the root!
In the case of the incisors, what you can see is only about a quarter of the full length of the tooth including the root.
5. Dogs almost never develop cavities
Dogs rarely get cavities because not only do they not consume as much sugar as we do. The species of bacteria that cause cavities are almost never found in dogs’ mouths. In addition, cavities tend to occur on the flat surfaces of teeth, similar to our grinding back molars. Dogs don’t have teeth with flat surfaces (because they aren’t grinding grains and grasses).
Dogs to, however, get plaque buildup which turns into tartar on the teeth. Brushing can help prevent some of the plaque buildup. another easy option is to simply pour a little PlaqueOff Animal into your dog’s food. It is proven to remove Plaque and Tartar buildup with an added bonus of giving your dog a fresh breathed mouth worthy of a big hug!