Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dr Liz's Dental Talk - Interesting Dental Facts

Teeth are one of the parts of our body that we tend to take for granted, until we don't have them. I would imagine that it is the most common "organ" that we can replace easily too, if the number of people with dentures is any guide.

Thought I would share some interesting facts about teeth in general, as even though they are easily replaced, they are special.

Dogs have 30 baby teeth and 42 adult teeth
And sometimes the baby teeth don't want to leave so we end up with  "retained " baby teeth like above.

Cats have 26 baby teeth and 30 adult teeth

Rabbits have 28 teeth , with two tiny peg teeth behind their upper incisors. 
Rabbits teeth never stop growing!

People have  20 baby teeth and 32 adult teeth

Adult teeth in our dogs and cats are usually fully erupted by the time they are six months of age.

Baby teeth in our little peoples (human) start to erupt at around six months of age (don't we all remember the dreaded "teething" time), with adult teeth starting to erupt around    7 years of age and doesn't stop until up to 21 years of age (with the "wisdom" teeth).

Dental disease is THE most common disease in our pets. Is it the most common disease in people?

Yes, you can brush your pet's teeth daily! No joke!
It takes work to keep teeth healthy, no matter how many legs you have. I don't chew on a bone to keep my teeth plaque free, but choose the better, safer method of brushing my teeth.  Brushing your pet's teeth is the best way of keeping them healthy too.

Thank you for taking the time to make sure your pet's teeth are healthy through regular brushing.

I am Dr Liz, the mad vet from Bellambi. Any questions, or even answers to my questions, please feel free to ask below or via email.