Quick Bites on Pet Dental Care

State-of-the-art veterinary x-rayDental Care for Dogs

  • Puppies develop 28 temporary teeth at 2 to 3 weeks of age. Their 42 permanent teeth emerge at about four to six months of age.
  • Studies show that by the age of 3, 80% of dogs exhibit signs of gum disease.
  • Small dog breeds are more likely than large breeds to develop periodontal disease. Canine dentistry experts believe that this is because the teeth of small dogs often are too large for their mouths, forcing their teeth closer together.

Dental Care for Cats

  • Kittens have about 26 temporary teeth at 2 to 3 weeks of age. Their 30 permanent teeth erupt at about three to six months of age.
  • According to studies, about 70% of cats have signs of gum disease by age 3.
  • Cervical line lesions are the most common tooth disease in domestic cats. Studies show that about 28% of domestic cats develop at least one of these painful lesions during their lifetime. Home Care Tips
  • In addition to providing regular dental checks for their pets, owners can take steps at home to ensure good oral health:
  • Feed a specially formulated pet food with proven oral health benefits in daily plaque and tartar control.
  • Brush your pets’ teeth with a specially formulated toothpaste in flavors appealing to dogs and cats. Toothpaste for humans should not be used because it can cause nausea and vomiting.