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Facts about your furry (and scaly) friends' teeth

Puppies develop, then lose, baby teeth.

Your vet can advise you on the safest teething toys for your pup.

Dogs usually get all of their adult teeth by the time they are 6 or 7 months old. 



Bad breath is not normal for cats and dogs.

Mouth odors could be an early sign of painful dental problems, such as gingivitis and gum disease.

80% of dogs and 70% of cats have signs of dental disease by age 3.1




Talk to your veterinarian. Find out if a professional teeth cleaning is a good option for your pet. 



Unlike our teeth, hamsters’ and rabbits’ incisors never stop growing.

Hamsters and rabbits must gnaw on wooden chew toys to wear down their growing teeth and keep them from chewing on their cages.



Ferrets often break or chip their fangs by chewing on hard objects.

If a tooth is broken or chipped, take your ferret to the vet to prevent infection.

Ferrets have 40 teeth. That's 8 more than humans!



Bearded dragons’ teeth are fused to the bone and don’t have roots.

Their teeth are easily damaged or lost and not replaced by new teeth.

They need hard foods, like crunchy veggies, to help prevent gum disease.


Pets can develop many of the same dental issues as humans. Make sure to have their teeth checked annually by a veterinarian and ask about the best methods of caring for your pet’s teeth — including brushing their teeth.