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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-25-2008, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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bad teeth!

i just don't know what to do. django is 4 1/2 and has had his teeth cleaned 3x already, last time was in march. it's been 4 months and they are awful again. i brush them every other day, but they are yellow and tarter has already formed on the gumline. i cant put him under agian, i need advice! he eats his wellness dog food (i'm switching over to evo in 2 weeks) his ziwi soft treats and a hard treat, all good for him. he gets an occassional rawhide but that's it.
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My lab gets raw bones (chicken wings, legs, backs, beef ribs,ect..)twice a week and they really help to keep his teeth clean. He's 7 1/2 and has sparkly white teeth with very little buildup on the back ones.
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I would look at the types of treats he is getting. When we stopped giving Carmen store bought dog "training treats" at petsmart (which she ADORED) her teeth got way better. They get a duck & potato treat now which has molasses in it and if I give them too many you can tell right away on their teeth. Do what you would do with a kid, start cutting out the sugars. Any sugary/sweet ingredient in the treats needs to be evaluated. The dry food should scrape off some of the stuff on the teeth, they also specially make dry food which can also clean teeth since it is a harder texture. I do not believe they make the special kind in brands like wellness or evo, its always something I see at the vets. Greenies and raw hides help as well. If you get his teeth cleaned again you may want to consider using a product that coats the teeth with waxy product to prevent tartar buildup (cant recall the name, but I can look it up when I get home). Also, we got a great mouth wash for the dogs called dentahex (something like that) which helps break up the stuff.

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Talk to your vet to make sure it isn't a problem, but you can probably get a lot more aggressive in your teeth brushing routine too. We have a dental specialist at one of our veterinary clinics and she recommends brushing twice a day when you need to get aggressive about it. I don't know if that can be done over a long period of time, but I don't know why it couldn't.

What products are you using on his teeth? Are you using an enzymatic toothpaste?

You probably know this already, but for the sake of others reading this, enzymatic toothpastes don't need to be "brushed". They are applied to the teeth, especially the top back teeth at the gumline and the dog's tongue does the rest of the work in dispursing it throughout the mouth.
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what type of the enzymatic toothpaste do you use Kimberly? Do you use a brush as well?

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I usually use Petrodex (chicken flavor), but I also use C.E.T. on occasion. I have both brands around the house. C.E.T. is the brand sold by my veterinarian, but it does just about the same thing for nearly twice the price. Petrodex is really easy to find.

Either brand, my dogs love it, which makes it even easier to use.
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I'm going to look into getting that--I noticed both my boys need a teeth cleaning. Do you have to brush them as well?

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Oh sorry - I didn't answer that part.

Sometimes I use a brush and sometimes I don't - if I'm in a hurry to get it done, I just put a dab on my finger and put on their upper molars (one blob each side) and go on to the next dog.

If I use a brush, I let one of the lick the toothbrush afterwards. They think the toothpaste is a treat, so I use a command and the first one to follow gets to suck the toothbrush. LOL
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Thanks Kimberly! I'll try it. I hope my boys think it's a treat too!

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Brush Away

Brush Away has worked wonders for my two dogs. It kills bacteria on contact, www.petzlife.com

All natural, for daily use. Gets rid of those brown spots and stains. My dogs just have to deal with it, sort of like we floss.

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