If you have a dachshund, you probably know that they have unusually long bodies and short legs. What you may not realize is that this breed also has an especially long mouth! This can make it challenging to keep your dachshund’s teeth healthy.
How Many Teeth Do Dachshunds Have?
Dachshunds have 42 teeth. There are 22 upper (maxillary) and 20 lower (mandibular). They are arranged in two rows and have sharp, pointed incisor teeth that enable them to bite through prey.
Do Dachshunds Have Dental Problems?
Dachshunds are prone to dental problems. They have a tendency to develop tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral problems.
Dachshunds should visit the vet for regular dental exams, where the vet will check for any signs of infection or disease in your pet’s mouth. This can help ensure that your dog remains healthy when it comes to its teeth.
How do I keep my dachshund’s teeth healthy?
Dachshunds are small, but their teeth are large and can become a problem. There are several things you can do to keep your dachshund’s mouth healthy and clean.
Feed your Dachshund the correct diet
The “correct” diet is subjective but one thing, but in general, a mix of small kibble and a wet topper is the best. This will help give your dachshund all the nutrition they need and keep their teeth clean.
Brush their teeth
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Brushing your dachshund’s teeth is a very important thing to do. You can use a toothbrush or even dental wipes. It is recommended that you brush your dachshund’s teeth daily and more often if they have bad breath or are showing signs of gum disease.
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Dental chews are a great way to keep your dachshund’s mouth healthy. They are designed to help clean their teeth and gums while they chew on the treat. Just be mindful, this can give some dogs diarrhea (we learned the hard way), and only give them one a day.
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Another popular way to keep your dachshund’s teeth clean is by using dog tooth powder. It helps to remove plaque and tartar build-up, while also freshening their breath. You can use this in addition to brushing their teeth daily or on its own as needed.
When Do Dachshunds Lose Their Baby Teeth?
It’s important to know when your dachshund will lose their baby teeth, so you can keep an eye on them.
At around 10 – 12 weeks, you’ll notice your dachshund’s baby teeth start to fall out. You may also see a small pink line extending down from their gums, which is where their adult teeth will grow.
This will continue until all their baby teeth are gone. Around this time, you’ll also notice their adult teeth start to grow. The first permanent molars will emerge when your dachshund is around three months old, and all their adult teeth should be fully formed by six months old.
Why do vets pull baby teeth?
Sometimes your dachshund’s teeth will fall out naturally, but your vet will pull them if they don’t. This is because the baby teeth can affect the permanent teeth, which will come in later.
If your dachshund’s baby teeth don’t fall out, they can cause problems with their adult teeth coming in correctly or at all. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.
Dachshunds have 42 teeth in total by adulthood. But keeping all of these can be difficult. It’s important to keep an eye on your dachshund’s teeth, so they don’t fall out too soon!
Contact your veterinarian if you see any signs of dental disease or have questions about your dachshund’s oral health.