Pugs are one breed who need consistent attention and care.
You can check out this article for a To Do List for all pug owners.
As for teeth related specifics, it's good to clean your pug's teeth. This action prevents bad breath, gums and similar teeth issues. A daily teeth brush is usually suggested, but it's not necessarily a MUST. However, it's good if you start it while your pug is still young and you develop a schedule that you keep.
My vet says Pugs can't be put to sleep to have their teeth professionally cleaned because the anesthesia isn't good for them. I tried to clean my kid's teeth, and haven't had much luck. It's all I can do to get them to stop acting like two year olds when I clean their nose wrinkles and ears (which is a daily ritual....where do they find all that dirt). My dogs go to the vet often enough for shots, well checkups, and anytime someone sniffles that I think he, or I, would catch any infections cropping up in their teeth..
I take care of Ziggy's grooming, which includes brushing his teeth. His teeth are brushed twice a week, or at times once a week. I know it's necessary to maintain pugs teeth clean for various health reasons, but it's quite difficult to maintain them still. Ziggy enjoys the chicken flavor toothpaste; you may find it at any Pet's Mart. If you decide to start brushing Penny's teeth, don't get one of those fancy tooth brushes that are sold. Buy the regular ones; they are cheaper and easier to use.
Your vet should offer teeth cleaning for your pug. Cleanings vary from dog to dog in how often they need it done. Pugs do have more risks with anesthesia, so any good vet or tech will take those extra procautions when putting these little guys under. It's not while they are under, it's when they are waking up that their risks increase. You want to ask your vet what type of monitoring will be done while your Pug is under, what type if any injections will he administor. When ever we have to sedate a Pug or another other short muzzled breed, the trick is keeping the breathing tube in as along as possible while they are waking, so if they should have trouble oxygen can be given and breaths can be given for them till they are more awake. I have done several dental's on pugs and other similar breeds with no problems, I just make sure that I leave that tube in as long as possible.
I do it as needed. My pugs teeth have deteriorated rapidly and she requies large teeth to be removed. If I would have had the teeth removed last year it would have cost me $300 but now the teeth situation has gotter worse and it looks like I'm going to pay $600-$700. Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi, as someone who has had her previous Pugs teeth cleaned by the Vet, this was done several times in their lifetime. They were both on wet food, Henry broke one of his canines on his steel dinner bowl and both lost quite a few teeth, but they both died with teeth, which my previous breeder said was very good as none of hers had as they grew older. Their teeth were treated with Logic toothpaste, but neither would let me brush, they merely had it squeezed into their mouths, not the best but better than nothing.
With Hektor he has a Logic Orozyme Dental Chew every night. They are covered in Logic Dental Toothpaste and are an alternative to brushing. He has very little plaque on his teeth. He is on dry food also which helps keep his teeth in good condition.
Pugs have very peculiar dentition and if you can keep their teeth in good condition whilst young there should little problem.
As to how often they need their teeth seen to, that lies in the hands of the Vet. Our old Vet refused to do any more Dental Work after Henry reached the age of 10, as both were needing smaller and smaller tubes for the anathesia which he did not consider safe. I hope this helps, I should mention that my Vet was very interested in the Chews as she did not know about them, they are a godsend for dogs who do not like brushing.
As i brush my pugs teeth they like the chicken also as i do all their grooming their baths,nails,teeth and their folds and i have four but,i keep up on everything and they have plenty of clothes so their even dressed for any weather.