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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all

Our boy has just turned 1 year old and I am after any advise re teeth maintenance?

We do brush his teeth using a electric toothbrush and some doggy toothpaste but I am not sure if it is really doing anything. We also give him special dental treats that are supposed to help.

I have heard some owners have their woofs teeth scaled and cleaned at the vets once a year. We checked into this and it is pretty expensive and is not covered by his health insurance.

Before we go ahead and do this is it something that needs to be done or is it something that some do and some don't.

His back teeth have the usual yellowish staining on them, but his front teeth and canines are perfectly white.

Any help appreciated.


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I would NOT want my dog anesthetized annually for teeth cleaning. Kodi's teeth get brushed several times a week with enzymatic tooth paste, making sure we get it all the way to the back. He is 4 1/2 and the vet says his teeth look great.

I would not EVER give a dog a dental chew again. Kodi was hospitalized as a 2 year old with an obstruction from a dental chew, and the University vet hospital told us that THE NUMBER ONE cause of surgical obstructions they see are caused by dental chews. If the dog bites off a large piece and swallows it without chewing it up, they do not completely digest in the stomach, and the large piece(s) can become lodged in the intestines. It was a $1,700 lesson for us… don't make the same mistake.

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I brush Leo's teeth each day. Also, have always used a tooth scaler if a bit of stubborn plaque formed. Dogs can learn to tolerate the scaler like they do a tooth brush.mi don't get up under the gums like a vet would do obviously but if you stay on top of it you can avoid most of the need for veterinary teeth cleanings. I think many dog owners just have a hard time establishing the daily habit of brushing their dogs teeth. Anesthesia has it's on risks and really should only be done when absolutely necessary.

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I have brushed Tyler's teeth almost everyday his whole life and at 16 1/2 has had his teeth professionally cleaned once. The vet is always amazed at how clean his teeth are at his age.

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I brush Chester teeth almost every day due to being lazy. I use a finger brush which is great because Chester loves the taste of the toothpaste and the toothbrush (which is sort of chewy). I have to say, Chester's teeth are perfectly white.

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