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Brushing teeth/toothpaste question?

Good grooming practices are essential for maintaining health and happiness for you and your dog. This is a forum to exchange tips and advice for proper care of your dog's hygiene needs.

  
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Twiggy

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Barked: Mon Feb 6, '12 10:26pm PST 
A vet once told us that If you give your dog a small bit of carrot or cabbage stalk 2 or 3 times a week they will never have any problems with their teeth. Seems to work for us.
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Dougal

I own zero, but- I'm seldom- dissatisfied
 
 
Barked: Tue Feb 7, '12 2:42pm PST 
My two canine housemates and I used to get thick tartar build-up that needed frequent scraping and brushing, but since we've all been gnawing and crunching a chunky pork bone or two once a week, there's virtually none of that at all.
Now we don't need to stay still while the funny-looking human who lives with us pokes around and cleans in our slobbery mouths two or three times a month.
That suits us all just fine.
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Foxxy

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Barked: Wed Feb 8, '12 2:57am PST 
Foxxy still gets buildup on her incisors, a problem that she's had since we got her. Tooth brushing is probably a smart idea of your dog is jowly, sometimes food particles get trapped up in the skin. Also if the dog has a brachycephalic head, protruding teeth, or primitive teeth like you see with inca orchids and chinese cresteds. The last two kinds will have very thin enamel and prone to decay. I don't know if the dogs that have bad teeth as a breed problem like that are able to chew bones safely so a cleaning is probably best.

I brush my dogs teeth 1ce a day with enzaymatic toothpaste and a toothbrush designed for toddlers that has soft bristls and a tiny head. It's not just teeth cleaning it's gum stimulation and a chance to desensitize the dog to people messing with their mouths. Enzymatic is a better toothpaste than simply bakingsoda and flavor. It seems to get the plaque off quicker and with less of the product used per brushing.

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Dougal

I own zero, but- I'm seldom- dissatisfied
 
 
Barked: Wed Feb 8, '12 5:02am PST 
I'd guess it's true that not all breeds would be up to grinding and cracking chunky knuckle bones, but there are also CET enzymatic rawhide chews available. They're a tad softer.
We've tried the chews and bones, and we get along best with the bones.
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Ginger

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Barked: Wed Feb 8, '12 9:25pm PST 
I know that some people swear by giving their dogs bones and while I respect that, I have to say that I've seen a lot of bone chewers who have broken canines.
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