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Did you know that puppies and kittens have baby teeth?

Did you know that puppies and kittens have baby teeth?  These teeth are also known as deciduous teeth.  They typically lose their deciduous teeth between 3 to 6 months of age.  The baby teeth will normally have all fallen out by the age 6 months, the age at which we typically recommend having your pets spayed or neutered.  If any deciduous teeth are still present at this time, and their adult teeth have erupted properly, it is recommended that the baby teeth are extracted.  Leaving the baby teeth in may cause further problems down the road which can include:

·       Crowding – Not enough proper space between teeth, which can cause faster tarter build up.

·       Periodontal disease – Inflammation of the gums

·       Adult teeth coming in incorrectly – When adult teeth do not come in the right position this can lead to improper alignment of the jaw, which can lead to further problems.

Your veterinarian will recommend the best option or treatment for your pet.

TIP: When playing with your new puppy or kitten, you want to get them used to having their mouths touched and looked at. This will make oral exams, teeth brushing and overall handling more comfortable to them.  You can do this by simply and gently lifting their lips and looking at their teeth. You will be impressed with how quickly those tiny, pointy little teeth are replaced by big pearly whites!