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Protect Their Chompers: Why Your Puppy Needs a Lifetime of Dental Care

by Elijah Romero

If you've recently adopted a puppy, now's the time to get started with dental care. You probably know that your puppy needs to have a medical check-up at least once a year. If you're like most pet owners, you don't realize that your puppy also needs to have a dental exam at least once a year as well. Canine dental exams are just as important as your own dental exams. Here are just four of the reasons why your puppy needs routine dental exams. 

1. Monitor Dental Development

Puppies are born without teeth. By the time they turn about 4 weeks old, they begin to develop their milk teeth. Those teeth fall out by the time puppies are 30 weeks old. That's when the 42 permanent teeth grow in. A lot of dental development goes on between the development of the milk teeth and the development of the permanent teeth. Routine dental care will help monitor that development. 

2. Catch Age-Related Issues

As your puppy grows into adulthood, its teeth will go through changes. Those changes will become more apparent as they reach old age. That's when serious dental problems can occur. You may not notice all the age-related dental issues your aging dog may develop. With continued dental care, those age-related issues can be identified and treated. 

3. Reduce Dental Anxiety

It's not uncommon for dogs to experience some anxiety during dental visits, especially when this care isn't part of their normal routine. That's one of the reasons why routine dental care is so important. Each time your dog receives dental care, they'll likely experience less anxiety. That's because they know what's going to happen during each visit. Not only that, but routine dental care reduces the need for painful procedures, which also helps to reduce dental anxiety. 

4. Extend Their Life

You want your new pet to live as long as possible. That's why you provide proper veterinary care. But dental care should also be part of your dog's healthcare plan. You might not know this, but dental problems can affect your dog's heart, liver, and kidneys. When dental infections occur, toxins are released into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, that can lead to permanent, and often fatal, organ damage. You can extend the life of your dog by providing routine dental care. 

Protect your new pet. Contact a pet dental care center to learn more about the care your puppy needs.