Puppies grow a set of 28 teeth by the time they are 8 weeks old. The teething process happens over several months from 3 months of age where they lose their incisors (front teeth) followed by the premolars and then canines (fangs). During this time they increase their biting habits and like to chew on different objects to relieve their discomfort.
By 8 months the deciduous teeth would have made way for a full set of 42 adult teeth. If the baby teeth are still present they can be removed at the time of your dog’s sterilisation.
Start dental care from an early age to get them used to the sensation of brushing. Brushing is ideal but if you find that impossible or want to augment your brushing you can provide specially designed chew toys or raw hide chews.
Bones do not keep teeth clean. They can sometimes cause slab fractures of the back teeth.