How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have? Types & How To Keep Mouth Healthy

How many teeth do dogs have? A mature dog should have 42 teeth in total, with 20 on the top and 22 on the bottom of its jaw while the majority of dogs have the same number of teeth as humans. They will, however, have a different amount of adult teeth than a puppy. When all of a puppy’s milk teeth have grown in, it will have a total of 28 teeth. This means they have 14 teeth in their upper jaw and 14 in their lower jaw and your adult dog has less than 42 teeth, a tooth may have been lost or fractured. This frequently occurs when they have materials in their mouth that are difficult to break, such as stones or thick sticks.

Types of Dog Teeth

Dog teeth

Each tooth in a dog—incisor, canine, premolar, and molar—has a distinct purpose. Here’s a rundown of what each kind of tooth accomplishes and where they’re found:


The incisors are the teeth at the front of a dog’s mouth. The upper and lower jaws each contain six incisors.

Dogs use their incisors to grip items like food, but they may also be used to chew or groom and these teeth are tiny and have one root per tooth in dogs and cats.


The canine teeth, sometimes known as “fangs,” are the longest teeth at the front of the mouth and there are four canines in the jaws of dogs (2 on the upper jaw and two on the lower jaw). To better hold items, these teeth are well-developed and somewhat curved.

Canine teeth have just one root per tooth as well.


The premolars are located just behind the canines. Adult dogs have 16 premolars, eight on top and eight on the bottom.

These teeth are used to cut through food and ground it up.

The roots that attach the premolar teeth in the mouth may range from one to two per tooth.


Molars are the rear teeth of a dog’s mouth. They may resemble premolars in appearance and the upper jaw has four molars, while the lower jaw has six and the food is ground into little bits with a molar to make it easier to swallow and digest.

They may have anywhere from three to one root in the dog’s mouth to anchor them.

Pay Attention to Your Dog’s Teeth

How many teeth do dogs have

It’s important to keep your pet’s mouth healthy for their general health and enjoyment of life.

Please schedule an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice your dog is losing teeth, has loose or wobbly teeth, or has gradually deteriorating breadth even though it seems that your pet has only lost one tooth, they may have other unhealthy teeth in their mouth that are giving them pain and might benefit from removal.

Don’t wait until your pet isn’t eating to see your veterinarian for a dental checkup. Use your pet’s yearly checkup to talk about your dog’s teeth and general dental health before an issue arises.

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