Ever wonder how many teeth your dog or cat had, or what those spikey things on a cat’s tongue are called? Here’s some great dental trivia with pet dental facts about our dog and cat friends.
- Dental disease is the most common disease seen by veterinarians: 70–85% of pets over the age of 2 have some form of dental disease.
- Puppies have 28 temporary teeth, 14 in the upper jaw and 14 in the lower jaw. These deciduous teeth erupt at about three to four weeks of age.
- Dogs have 42 permanent teeth, 20 on the top, and 22 on the bottom. These begin to emerge at about four months of age.
- Dogs have 6 permanent teeth that have 3 roots each, and 14 teeth that each have 2 roots.
- Kittens have 26 temporary teeth, 14 in the upper jaw and 12 in the lower jaw. These deciduous teeth begin to erupt at about two to four weeks of age.
- Cats have 30 permanent teeth, 16 on the top and 14 on the bottom. These emerge at about three to four months of age.
- Cats have 2 permanent teeth that have 3 roots each, and 10 teeth that each have 2 roots.
- The hairlike structures on the rough tongue of a cat are called ‘papillae’ and aid in grooming.
- The first symptom of a fractured upper canine tooth (the large fang) in a cat may be sneezing.
Pretty interesting, huh? Keep on top of your pet’s dental care and book your appointment today!