When Do Puppy Teeth Fall Out and Why Does it Happen?

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Updated - Mar 2nd, 2022

If you have a new puppy, depending on their age, they may have wagged into your life with varying numbers of baby teeth. Much like human babies, puppies are usually born toothless, and then grow a set of 28 puppy teeth. But when do those puppy teeth fall out? 

When do puppies’ baby teeth grow in?

Starting at around two weeks old, puppies start to grow their first puppy incisors, which are shortly followed by canine teeth and premolars. By the time they’re two months old, they have a full set of baby teeth. Then you’ll notice those teeth start to fall out. But have no fear: your puppy is only losing their teeth to make room for new ones!

When do puppies lose their teeth?

Puppies will start to lose their first baby teeth around four months old, and between six and eight months of age, they’ll have lost all of their baby teeth. They won’t be toothless, though! At 2 months old, they will have started growing their adult teeth, and around the time they’re 8 months old, they should have a total of 42 adult teeth.  

What are some signs that your puppy’s teeth are falling out?

Aside from noticing dog teeth around your house, you might also notice that your puppy seems a bit uncomfortable, or that they’re chewing on…well, everything. They might be nipping too, which hurts because baby teeth are sharp! This is all a sign of puppy teething, and it marks a great time to break out the teething toys. A strong chew toy or teething ring with varying chewing textures will help your adorable teething puppy throughout their teething process. You can also put a chew toy in the freezer to provide a cooling treat that reduces pain as well.

How do you know if your puppy’s teeth falling out is normal?

It’s totally normal and expected for all of your puppy’s baby teeth to fall out and to be replaced with a new set of adult teeth. While the aforementioned growth time frame is to be expected, growth can vary from puppy to puppy. The only time your dog losing teeth is a problem is if they’re losing their permanent adult teeth.

Another thing to look out for is a permanent tooth coming up in a space still occupied by a baby tooth. This is called a retained deciduous tooth, and is common in small breed dogs. The most common retained deciduous teeth are the canine teeth. If this abnormality occurs, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have the baby tooth removed, as it will cause damage to the adult tooth if it is left in your dog’s mouth.

Puppy teeth and dental disease

The crowding of baby teeth and permanent adult teeth at the same time can lead to periodontal disease, which is why it’s important to check in with a veterinarian if you notice any retained deciduous teeth.

It is not recommended for pet parents to pull their puppy’s baby teeth out, as pulling teeth can break the roots, leaving behind parts that might lead to infection. 

In order to prevent dental disease, make sure to brush your dog’s teeth regularly with a dog toothbrush and toothpaste, along with following these other dental care tips.

In the event of an infection or periodontal disease, having the right pet insurance can help you pay for the best care possible. That’s why Pumpkin’s puppy insurance plans cover exam fees, X-rays, and treatment for dental disease. Take a step towards protecting your pup’s pearly whites and get a quote today!

Rachel Carp

Rachel is a copywriter and the favorite aunt of an adorable Cockapoo named Bentley.
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