How to Clean My Pug Teeth?
Discover Common Pug Teeth Problems!

Edited by Dr. Jo

Pugs Teeth Care – Why?

Not just Pug teeth…Did you know dogs have 28 teeth when they are puppies and 42 when they’re adults? That’s a lot more than humans who have 32 when they are adults.

Find out in this article how to identify common Pug teeth issues and how to treat them properly (and easily) with very little equipment. Teeth are crucial for your dog’s survival; so, does your Pug have good dental health?  Discover how to make sure your Pug has fresh breath every day. Get your Pug ready for kisses!

Do you know how to care for your Pug’s teeth?

  • Pugs have many teeth in a small mouth. Which makes them susceptible to overcrowding teeth. When teeth are crowded together, their sockets are shallow which means they can easily fall out.
  • Because their mouth is small, it is also easy for food to get trapped which leads to plaque buildup and infections. When the mouth gets dirty like this the risk of having bigger problems develop is highly likely!
  • Pugs love to eat, but if they have a sore and infected mouth, they will soon start to dread their food time!

Find out here the ultimate technique to clean Pug’s teeth, use our process to make this a safe and enjoyable routine for your Pug, and protect his dental health (and passion for eating) at all times. Only here, at!

Pug Teeth Problems (HOW to avoid them)

Just like humans, Pug’s teeth can develop a series of issues such as halitosis (bad breath), plaque, gingivitis, and infections. Here are the most common issues:


Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum. This happens because of plaque buildup. Plaque is an accumulation of left-over food and bacteria that sits at the base of the tooth against the gum. The body’s immune system tries to fight this, by sending white blood cells to the contacting gums, but since plaque can only be removed by brushing or scaling, it just causes inflammation and pain. This inflammation can lead to periodontal disease where the periodontal ligaments holding the tooth in the socket become weakened. This can lead to wobbly teeth, tooth loss, and pain.

“Periodontal disease is very common in pets and can significantly affect their quality of life.”

Centennial Animal Hospital

Tooth loss.

Pug’s teeth are prone to falling for several reasons, but they’re not alone in this, because it’s a brachycephalic breed problem. Since their skulls and jaws are not big enough for having 42 adult teeth inside them, they’re prone to developing overcrowding. This causes teeth to be pushed together which weakens the periodontal ligaments that hold them in their sockets. This also makes it easier for food to get trapped and plaque to develop. In addition to this, the tooth sockets can be very shallow, which also increases the chances of teeth becoming weak. This is a genetic problem with Pugs, and some Pugs will have better teeth than others.

How to avoid Pugs’ teeth problems?

You Pug’s teeth are of utmost importance for their lives! Teeth are their tools to allow them to chew their food. It’s crucial that you know how to clean Pug’s teeth since it’s a matter of quality of life for your dog. Check out our best tips to use for keeping your Pug’s teeth healthy every time!

How Often Should I Clean My Pug Teeth?

The cleaning routine should be done on a daily basis. Brush for at least 2 minutes each time.

“…plaque starts to accumulate within two or three days, so catching it early may delay or eliminate the need for another cleaning down the line.”

AKC – American Kennel Club

How To Clean Your Pug Teeth: Practical (And Easy) STEPS!

Regular healthcare maintenance should be a goal for every Pug owner. This includes Pug Coat Brushing, Pug Paws Care, Pug Ears Care, and of course, tooth care. Check out our recommended STEPS for keeping your Pug’s teeth sparkly clean!

  1. Get what you need! The most valuable tools for a cleaning routine is a dog toothbrush (or a finger-brush which you might find easier!), delicious dog toothpaste for Pugs (never human toothpaste), a dental spray for Pugs if you wish, and some dental treats for your Pug to enjoy. You’ll need a grooming wipe or two as well.
  2. Let your pup taste the Toothpaste! A drop-sized taste will help your Pug to get some confidence to start brushing his teeth. Dog toothpaste usually tastes meaty, so he is sure to enjoy it.
  3. Put some toothpaste in the brush: Use always the recommended amount for your Pug’s size.
  4. Brushing time! But with the proper technique! Brush for at least 2 minutes each time, using circular movements, and trying to brush all the areas inside his mouth. Make sure to reach the teeth at the back, as well as the inside aspects of the teeth.
  5. Use Dental Spray for the areas hard to reach: Gently open your Pug’s mouth and spray a dash or two aiming to the molars in the back. He might not like this too much as it can be a strange spray feeling. This will help dissolve plaque in those areas hard to brush, but it is not a replacement for brushing.
  6. Clean up the face! Clean his mouth with grooming wipes if he now has toothpaste around his mouth.
  7. Reward your pup! Finish the cleaning with a Pug dental treat.

Pro Tips:

  • You must choose a proper toothbrush for your Pug’s teeth and mouth size. Pugs will need a toothbrush with a small head because of their small-sized mouth. You can buy ones with angled heads to make reaching the back of the mouth easier.
  • If your Pug doesn’t like this activity, make try to make it fun with a treat for Pugs. Gradually build up time brushing and always make it a positive experience.
  • You can complement brushing with dental chews for Pugs. But remember these contain calories, so reduce the amount of food you are giving at meals if you add these to your Pug’s daily diet.
  • It’s also important that you get quality food for your Pug because his overall health relies on what he eats. Dry food will help keep your Pug’s teeth healthy, as when he crunches through the kibble, the friction will remove some of the plaque.
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Extra Advice: Double-check with your vet! Even if you maintain your Pug’s teeth, you must take him to a vet for routine dental checks. Why? It is always important that a professional check that no teeth are wobbly or decaying, that there are no tooth infections, and that there are no abnormalities inside the mouth, such as gum hyperplasia (overgrowth) or tumors.

Discover Useful Products To Clean Pug Teeth!

Check-out our Detailed Reviews for Pugs to pick the best products for your Pug. We have invested time and effort to ease your buying decision!

  • Toothpaste: As owners, we hate to watch our Pugs struggle while eating, and it can be very concerning if they lose teeth! However, dog toothpaste is made for keeping your pup’s mouth healthy and clean.
  • Dental Chews: Dental chews help provide friction on the teeth to remove plaque further after brushing. They can also help make your Pug’s breath fresh.
  • Dental Sprays: These sprays are really good for keeping your dog’s mouth healthy every time. They are easy to apply and have to be used only once a day to help dissolve plaque and keep his breath fresh.
  • Rubber Finger Brush: It’s easy to use and a lot less harsh for your Pug.
  • Dental Care Kits: you get everything you need in a combo!
  • Dental Care Supplements for Water: you just have to pour dental the supplement into the water. It acts by preventing plaque from developing and sticking to teeth, helps to keep his gums healthy, and also freshens breath. Never use human mouthwash though.
  • Edible Dental Chewing: some chew toys for Pugs are specially engineered to prevent plaque from accumulating. Most of them are really hard, so you must consider this if your Pug has weakened teeth. Even though they will love it, they should only be given under supervision.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Pug Teeth Problems

My Pug puppy lost a tooth. What should I do?

Between eight weeks and eight months, it is common for your puppy to lose his teeth. These are deciduous (baby) teeth that will be replaced by adult teeth. If you are concerned though, keep the tooth and show it to your vet when he next has a check-up. That way, you can determine whether the tooth was healthy or not.

My pug doesn’t like going to the Vet for dental checkups. What can I do?

If your Pug is still young, you may be lucky enough to still be able to train him to find it enjoyable. Make the whole process positive with lots of praise and treats. He will soon begin to realize it is good for him. Start from a young age by teaching your Pug to accept people looking in his mouth. In addition to daily brushing, you can run your finger along his gums a few times per day, and praise him afterward. If your Pug is older, then he is unlikely to be able to be completely trained to enjoy a dental checkup, but he can be trained to tolerate it. Just make sure everything is taken slowly and you give lots of praise.

Is it normal for Pugs to lose teeth?

It depends on his age. If he’s a puppy, yes. If he’s an adult (over 10 months), then it may be a sign of periodontal disease. Take him to your vet to be checked out!


Apply these helpful tips every time you clean your Pug’s mouth to make sure you are doing it the most effective way. It’s normal for a Pug to react as he does when you’re trying to put things inside her/his mouth. Don’t get angry at her/him! Instead, get the proper set of tools to do this safely, and most importantly, in a comfortable way for both you and your pup and follow it with plenty of positive reinforcement. If you follow our steps, you’ll be helping your Pug’s mouth stay as clean as possible.

So, will your Pug still have all his teeth after his 9th birthday? Please share your thoughts…

Dr. Joanna De Klerk

Dr. Jo is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She was one of BBC's Young Vets and experienced in telemedicine services, interviews, and public speaking about dogs and cats. Author of Harper Collins' Tales from a Young Vet and Tales from a Wild Vet, and a series of books on different dog breeds. She currently has 2 dogs at home. This article is the result of her experience not only as a Vet but also as a dog Parent.

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