Regular dog dental care for your Boston Terrier is essential for his health. Here's what you need to know about your Boston's teeth and dog dental care
When puppies are first born, they have no teeth. Their baby teeth come in at about four weeks of age. As their teeth come in, they may hurt the mother as they nurse. However, puppies need to chew in order to develop the muscles and skills they need to go out into the world. They use their mouths to decide what is food, and what is not. They chew on objects to explore their world.
Puppies begin losing their baby teeth at about four month old. Sometimes these teeth do not come out on their own, resulting in what's called a "retained deciduous tooth". This can cause gum infections by trapping debris between the new permanent tooth and the retained baby tooth. Puppies should be given chew toys. They will have less chance of retained teeth and will also be less destructive with their chewing.
During the puppy's first year, your veterinarian will inspect the lips, teeth and mouth during regular routine visits for vaccinations. In addition, you will need to do regular home dental care to keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy.
At six months, your dog will have his permanent teeth, and plaque may begin to accumulate. This is when it is most critical to form good dog dental care habits.
Brushing is the best way to clean your dogs teeth. Ideally, you will want to brush your dog's teeth twice a week. Here are some tips:
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Your Boston should have his teeth examined once a year by your veterinarian. If he finds periodontal disease, a cleaning will be required. This cleaning is done under anesthetic and includes scaling the teeth to remove calculus and possibly root planing. The teeth will be polished and treated with fluoride. A medicated mouth rinse or antibiotics may be prescribed if there is advanced disease.Chew Toys:
Because dogs naturally love to chew, chewing toys are a perfect addition to your canine dental care regimen, and will help keep plaque buildup to a minimum. Make sure your dog's chew toys are clean and not excessively worn.Return from Dog Dental Care to Boston Terrier Care