17 Jun What are the similarities between dog teeth and human teeth?
These days, people treat their beloved pets like members of their family. With more thought being put into our pet’s health, we thought a comparison of a dog’s teeth to a human’s teeth might be a fun topic to examine. Interestingly, there are a number of factors that are similar between dog teeth and human teeth, among them being that a dog’s teeth require dental care that is similar to humans.
What are the similarities between dog teeth and human teeth?
- Dogs and humans both have two sets of teeth throughout their lives. The first set of teeth that comes in the form of “baby teeth” is replaced with adult teeth. For dogs, this happens earlier than it does for humans, but the tooth loss process is similar. Eventually, their baby teeth will be replaced with adult teeth.
- We both have “canines.” For both humans and dogs, the canine teeth are the fang-like teeth that are spaced on either side of our front teeth. While humans use these particular teeth for chewing and biting into food, dogs can use these teeth for eating, as well as to defend themselves.
- Similar to humans, dogs can also experience tooth decay and tooth loss if their teeth are not cared for in a proper manner. While it may not be common knowledge, doggy dentist teeth cleanings and daily toothbrushing are as beneficial for our pets as they are for our own human teeth.
- Both dogs and humans are prone to oral health inflicted heart disease. Dogs and humans can experience tooth decay and gum disease, which can impact both a dog or human’s heart if not treated early in the onset of the decay or disease.
While our human teeth are not identical to a dog’s teeth, we do share many dental similarities with our canine family members. Overall, human teeth seem to require more long-term care, but like us, dogs require similar dental cleanings and benefit from having their teeth brushed. Now that we’ve brought you up to speed on the factors that are similar between dog teeth and human teeth, perhaps your furry friend will find a new doggie toothbrush as a gift placed under his doggie pillow. Meanwhile, here’s to your good dental health, and your bright, human smile!
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