It is important to follow a good dental health regime, including an annual cleaning if possible. The growth pattern and structure of our teeth is similar to dog's teeth. Soon after birth a full set of temporary or deciduous teeth are produced in the same way as children have milk teeth. If you are interested in providing quality dental care for your four-legged best friend, there are a multitude of products available to insure that your canine friend has a bite much stronger that it’s bark for many years to come. Dog owners often describe them as sharp needles. The shape differs from permanent teeth which eventually replace these temporary between the 4 - 6 months.

Dachshunds are prone to developing gum and tooth disease because their jaws are tiny and teeth crowded. Brushing daily helps maintain a healthy mouth and prevent gum and tooth disease. To introduce your dog to the idea of dental care, start slowly and gradually. Dip a finger into beef bouillon and gently rub along your pet's gums and teeth. The most important area to focus on is the gum line (the crevice where the gums meet the teeth), where bacteria and food mix to form plaque. Focusing on the gum line, start at the front of the mouth, then move to the back upper and lower teeth and gum areas. Once your pet is okay with a little bit of touching, gradually introduce gauze over your finger and rub the teeth and gums in a circular fashion.


Teeth care

The first weapon in the fight against dental damage and cavities would be the new dental chews. The veterinary dental chews are made of 100% digestible and edible toothpaste that contains abrasive cleaners within the chew and on the outside surface. These two effective toothpaste cleansers work together to provide double the cleansing and double the protection for your dog’s teeth. These dental chews come in three different sizes so that your dog receives the appropriate amount of toothpaste for his or her weight.


Initial tooth problems vet are presented with are usually related to malpositioning of the temporary teeth and their failure to come out when the permanent teeth come in. This can cause malformation of the mouth, root problems, and gum disease. The puppy's mouth should be checked carefully for temporary teeth that did not come out at about 5 months.



As the puppy gets older use an animal toothpaste with a properly sized brush to suite your dog. People brushes are too big and usually too short.
Buy a small dog toothbrush and gently run it inside the cheek pouch next to the molars and around the sharp 'spiky' canine teeth.



Tartar is a mixture of food, debris, mineral salts and bacteria deposited on and around teeth, which causes gum recession, tooth root exposure, gingivitis, tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss. It's possible to stop this by following a few preventative measures.


Tartar is a mixture of food, debris, mineral salts and bacteria deposited on and around teeth, which causes gum recession, tooth root exposure, gingivitis, tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss. It's possible to stop this by following a few preventative measures.


Teething begins at about the second week with the milk teeth. At about 4 months, adult or permanent teeth begin growing. In many small dogs such as the mini dach the milk teeth roots are large and often won't show signs of falling out. In which case it is important to have them removed. If the milk teeth aren't removed they will force the permanent teeth out of position and affect your dogs bite. Bo didn't lose her milk teeth and we failed to have them removed through our ignorance, so her bottom molars don't create a sissor bite but nestle on the top gums. Not only that, the two top molars abut and encourage tartar build up. Advise to get pet insurance to cover dental work or operations.


Permanent teeth last dog's lifetime. People usually brush their teeth twice daily and dentists would also encourage flossing. Tartar, plaque and eventually mouth disease occur if we don't take care of this daily oral hygiene. Our breath smells and our mouth has a bad taste. Dogs are no different. In the wild dogs would hunt and chew on fur and bone - nature's own toothbrush. Today's canned food is mushy, even dry foods just crumble with little benefit to the gums where disease is likely to occur. Without a regular cleansing, food deposits in the crevices between teeth and gums acting as a food source that bacteria loves. Plaque and then tartar then develop and finally tooth decay occurs.


Dental treats and toys are also useful at controlling dental tartar. They come in all sizes and with their chewable hide base infiltrated with enzymes to degrade tartar. They're a helpful aid in fighting mouth disease. There are several dental toys on the market. The Kong Dental Toy as it is well shaped, effective and robust.


To keep your dachshund’s teeth and gums clean and healthy, brush them once or twice a week.
Dental Care Tools and Procedure
To brush your dachshund’s teeth, you’ll need a dog toothbrush or finger brush (a little rubber toothbrush that slides over your index finger) and dog toothpaste, all of which are sold at pet stores. Never use human toothpaste on a dog.

1. Put a little toothpaste on the toothbrush.
2. Rub the brush against the front of your dachshund’s teeth. You don’t have to brush the backs of the teeth.

If you don’t brush your dachshund’s teeth regularly, plaque will build up, and plaque can be removed only via a thorough cleaning at the vet. Vet cleanings require full anesthesia, which can be stressful and can’t be given to older dachshunds or those with certain health issues. That’s why it’s particularly important for owners of sick or old dachshunds to brush their dog’s teeth regularly.