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As Dave said, if there is plaque building up, it is really vitally important to have their teeth orofessionally cleaned, which means sedation. It is not heavy anesthesia, as they would use for surgery. It is light sedation, and the dog is awake moments after they finish, and ready to go home soon after.
You can DEFINITELY lengthen the time between cleanings and keep you dog's mouth healthier by regular brushing, using an enzymatic pet toothpaste or gel. I let my vet be my guide in terms of when it will be time for a professional cleaning. Some dogs just have better mouths than others. Dogs with small jaws and tight teeth are likely to need cleaning more often, and some dogs, just like some people produce more plaque than others. ...and as Jeanne said, diet can make a difference too.
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