First, a Peek on The Inside
Puppies get their first set of milk teeth between five to eight weeks of age. At about four months, a dog’s teeth begin to change. By five months, he will have a new set of 42 or 44 permanent teeth, including 12 incisors, 4 canines, 16 premolars, and 10 molars. Pets have teeth for a purpose. Predominantly meat eaters, their teeth are specialized for catching, killing, and eating prey. Each tooth type has a particular function: canines to stab, catch, and hold prey; incisors for nibbling meat off bones and grooming the coat and skin; and, premolars and molars for cutting, crushing, and shearing.
Although domesticated pets are fed by us at home, their dental makeup is similar to their ancestors.
Signs of Poor Oral Health
Halitosis or doggy breath could be a sign of a dental or oral disease, or the result of offensive gas production by bacteria in the gut.
Discoloured, inflamed gums or gums that bleed when touched.
Pain or reluctance to eat or allow handling of the mouth.
If your pet is showing any of the above signs, do take him to the veterinarian to figure out the actual cause of his doggy breath. Sometimes, it could be as simple as a teeth brushing routine, or a required diet change. Or, a treatment for an infection or a disease at an early stage may be required.
Knock out doggy breath proactively by watching out for early signs of oral health!