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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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The havanese dental care thread

I've been asked to start a new thread. I brush my dog's teeth a couple of times a week with Brush Away that is a leave on enzymatic gel that cleans plaque. They have both had their teeth professionally cleaned several times although it is recommended that I do it every six months.

Riki is only five and has a bit of gum disease which I must watch now.

How do you care for your havvies teeth and gums? What is your routine. How often do you get them cleaned?

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I use the Petzlife gel, every night, and it works wonderful, There is only one back tooth that gets tarter sometimes and I take that off with a dental pick about once every 2-3 weeks or so, it has the light on it, so you just pick off the tarter, carefully.

Although, I started this when she was a puppy so its something that she is used to, not sure how easy it would be for a grown dog to go for the dental pick, lol But its a good habit to get them used to it.

I also use those little wire-cleaner things, I guess they are like floss but scrub brush looking things (what the heck are they called) if she gets anything stuck in between.
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I just bought the Petzlife gel but haven't tried it yet and Scooter is 10 months old. He was at the vet for grooming this week and they said his teeth look great. I'm going to do it but waiting until DH is back to help for the first time.

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I use the petzlife gel and raw bones. I admit I forget to brush their teeth quite often- only like once a week when I groom them. Thank goodness they naturally chew a lot of their dental worries away for me. Dora is turning 4 years old and never been professionally cleaned but she has great teeth. The last check up the dentist said he didn't see a need for it.

Now my maltese has always had bad teeth. She has a tiny mouth and had 7 crowded teeth removed as a puppy, she is now 6 years old. In fact, she has a few teeth that are getting lose that I know will have to be pulled. Genetics sucks in this case! Cause she likes the raw stuff even more than Dora. But her teeth are deciding to do what they want.

Dash is only a year and his teeth are great. He doesn't like the raw bones but he loves bully sticks. I think if they are chewers, it really helps their teeth and cleaning.

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I brush Giotto's teeth every 2-3 days. I was brushing them everyday but the vet said he didn't need them brushed that often. Fortunately, he likes the toothpaste so it's not a big chore to get the job done. He's 13 months old and for the most part his teeth look great, but I have noticed some yellowing on a couple of back teeth. It's slight, but it's noticeable. I do apply toothpaste there but so far it hasn't gotten rid of it or prevented it. Giotto is a huge chewer though. He always has a bully stick or a rawhide or one of those dental chewies. I guess that helps, too.
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We use the oxyfresh that goes in there water for all of the dogs. They like to chew but this way it helps them remove it better.

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poor django has had his teeth cleaned 3x already and he just turned 5! i brush every other day but i think he's a hav that just has bad teeth, however, since his addisons diagnosis and since he's been placed on medication, i have noticed his teeth aren't as bad, they've kind of cleared up a bit, the vet said we can wait 6 more months, that being said, it will be almost 2 years since his last cleaning which is good. he chews on bones but that doesn't seem to help. i use to use the Liba III spray but didn't see much of an improvement in his teeth. also, sometimes i take a small gauze and wipe his teeth down, it's amazing what comes off on the gauze!
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I brush every two days the teeth only with the brush which vibrate and gives them everyday Plaque-Off :
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I brush Kubrick's teeth about once a week, give him flossies as well as N-Bone Pearly Whites (sadly not made anymore - but I have a lot still). Plus, I put Oxyfresh in his water. The vet always comments on how great Kubrick's teeth are, so I guess I'm doing something right.

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I'm ashamed to say I do nothing. Biscuit will not let me near his mouth. They eat dry food only and chew endlessly on those little tuff plastic bones. His teeth look great so far. I will try to do better with Heath.

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