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Puppies start to grow their puppy teeth, also called deciduous, milk, or baby teeth, between the 2-4 week period. Typically, all of the milk teeth will have come in by the 5-6 week period and most owners of a new 8 week old puppy will see that they have all 28 milk teeth present at that time. I say most because all breeds are different in the emerging of milk teeth depending upon the breed, size and whether they are purebred, crossbred or a mix of several breeds.
Change over from Milk Teeth to Adult Teeth
At the age from 4-5 months, puppies will begin to lose those milk teeth. These teeth will be replaced with 42 permanent teeth usually at 4 months the incisor teeth will come in. At 5 months the canine teeth will come in and at 6 months the molars will erupt. Between 8-10 months, the puppy should have all their permanent teeth fully grown in. With that said each puppy is unique, so some can be very late or very early bloomers. However, if your puppy has not grown their puppy teeth in by the age of two months or if adult teeth have not started to come in by 6 months then it's time to take your puppy to your veterinarian so that a check-up can be performed to see if any potential issues with their teeth, gums, bite, bone structure and/or growth rate can be the reason for the delay.
Sometimes a puppy can have a double row of teeth, if a milk tooth is stubborn and stays in place while the canine tooth is trying to emerge then removal by a veterinarian may be necessary. This is relatively a simple procedure since the puppy tooth will be small with a thin root. If this done early enough then the larger permanent tooth will usually move into the proper position. The importance of regular dental care is important because decay, plaque and tarter build-up can affect the proper alignment and health of the permanent teeth.
Great Teething relief Toys:
You will want to buy toys that have several qualities for teething to be effective:
Keep in mind that the discomforts in teething puppies are:
You will want to atleast get a toy that a puppy can maneuver into just right places at one given time. For this reason, a couple toys that might be flavored can be the one thing to draw a puppy in and keep them chewing on that toy vs your shoes or cords etc.
Remember, to be patient the teething stage for dogs is relatively short!