That's great. I have begun regular dental brushing with mine (almost 8 months old) but she absolutely hates it!
Do the dogs have to go under for dental cleaning?
here is a letter from Sabine at Better Dog Care to me re. my concerns about my Molly's tartar.
sorry for the late reply, I just got back from vacation last night.
I highly recommend having Molly's teeth cleaned and assessed by a veterinarian, under anesthesia. I know that many people don't like the thought of having their dogs anesthetized, but methods today are far more effective and less stressful on the body than even just 10 years ago, and the only way to thoroughly clean and chart the teeth is when the dog is anesthetized.
Some people offer anesthesia-free cleaning services, but the problem with those is that even a docile dog won't hold still enough to thoroughly clean under the gum line because it's painful, and the infectious debris cleaned from the teeth can end up in the lungs, in the worst case causing aspiration pneumonia.
If you can, find a vet who specializes in dental care. General practitioner veterinarians do cleaning, but are just not as well informed and up to date on the newest procedures. My own dog doesn't have the good genes for teeth that stay clean without extra help, so I really have to be on top of things or tartar starts to accumulate - even though he eats a raw diet including plenty of raw meaty bones. I know a lot of raw feeding enthusiasts claim that when you feed this way you don't need to worry about dental care, but from personal experience and working with clients, I can tell you that is far from the truth.
Once Molly's teeth have been cleaned thoroughly, I recommend using Petzlife products. Either the spray or the gel are effective, but brushing with the gel usually has the very best results, so you need to apply less frequently.
Actually I think I will start a new thread with this because I think it is very Important. Poor teeth can even lead to heart and other problems.