Chihuahua Teeth

Chihuahua Teeth

Chihuahuas are prone to dental problems, therefore it’s important to pay extra attention to this weakness. A lot of Chihuahuas have bad breath due to plaque buildup. Therefor it’s very important to care for the Chihuahua teeth on an almost daily basis.

Plaque buildup is a natural process because nature is full of bacteria. Because dogs eat on a daily basis there are always tiny bits of food that remain between the teeth. These small bits of food are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The combination of leftover food and bacteria is called plaque.

With Chihuahua teeth, plaque buildup can cause parodontitis which causes gums to bleed. Due to bleeding gums bacteria that settle on teeth can enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the heart, kidneys and other organs. That’s why it’s important to brush the teeth of your Chi, it is the only way to avoid a number of complications. When plaque has not been treated for an extended period of time you can visit the vet to have it removed with professional material.

chihuahua brushing teeth

Chihuahua Teeth

Chihuahuas are prone to dental problems, therefore it’s important to pay extra attention to this weakness. A lot of Chihuahuas have bad breath due to plaque buildup. Therefor it’s very important to care for the Chihuahua teeth on an almost daily basis.

Plaque buildup is a natural process because nature is full of bacteria. Because dogs eat on a daily basis there are always tiny bits of food that remain between the teeth. These small bits of food are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The combination of leftover food and bacteria is called plaque.

With Chihuahua teeth, plaque buildup can cause parodontitis which causes gums to bleed. Due to bleeding gums bacteria that settle on teeth can enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the heart, kidneys and other organs. That’s why it’s important to brush the teeth of your Chi, it is the only way to avoid a number of complications. When plaque has not been treated for an extended period of time you can visit the vet to have it removed with professional material.

chihuahua brushing teeth

Chihuahua dental hygiene can be ensured with a few pointers:

  1. Brushing of the teeth
  2. Provide food that is designed to clean the teeth
  3. Add specially designed mouth wash to their water bowl
  4. Regular check-up by the vet

Chihuahua teeth

Teething Stage

Like all puppies, the Chihuahua is born without teeth. As of 5-6 weeks, the Chihuahua puppy will start growing milk-teeth. Once they have all emerged the puppy will have 28 deciduous Chihuahua teeth.

After 4-5 months the Chihuahua will begin teething. Permanent adult canine teeth will grow in during this phase. The puppy will start losing its milk-teeth in a specific order.

  1. Front teeth come out
  2. Then premolars
  3. Molars fall out
  4. Large canine teeth come out

The puppies will most likely lose their teeth while eating or biting on toys. Don’t be overly worried when you suddenly notice a tooth on the ground. There could be a small amount of blood, no need to worry. When the process is complete your Chihuahua will have 42 permanent teeth.


How to brush Chihuahua teeth

1) This is best done with a canine toothbrush, made for toy breed dogs. Please do not use a toothbrush or toothpaste for humans. The brush is not shaped to reach the surfaces in a dog’s set of teeth. Toothpaste contains fluoride which can be toxic for your dog.
2) Choose a certain time of the day for this. In this way, it will become a habit for both you and your Chihuahua. Once your dog is used to it it will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Foresee a 10-minute window and you’ll be just fine.
3) Hold your Chihuahua carefully. They will try to scamper away when you try to clean their teeth.
4) If you relax, your Chihuahua will relax as well. Speak in a clear matter-of-fact tone-of-voice and do not be shy to manipulate the mouth. Puppies that have their mouths opened and teeth touched will be adults that are tolerant to grooming.
5) Be sure to brush on all exposed sides of the teeth: Front, back and tops. Scrub the back teeth as much as the front, using a circular motion that is slightly angled to scrub at the gum line.
6) Once all teeth are cleaned (2 minutes or so), wipe the mouth with a damp, soft washcloth and give praise even if your Chihuahua struggled and tried to escape the whole time. A dental chew can be a good reward treat when the task is complete.
7) Remember that with time, your dog will be used to this type of grooming. The earlier a dog learns the easier it will be for you!

Chihuahua Chewing snacks & treats

1) Avoid products that contain artificial colors, flavors or byproducts since the Chihuahua breed is known for having a high sensitivity to these sorts of man-made chemicals and by-products are low-quality ingredients for a dog to ingest

2) Look for brands that contain wholesome, natural ingredients such as dill, mint and parsley which work in combination to not only clean teeth, but to rid a dog of bad breath.

 

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