Even though I feed a premium dry food (Diamond), both my dogs, a Lab and German Shorthaired Pointer, get a heavy buildup especially on their upper back teeth. Brushing doesn't seem to help. One friend's Lab steals and chews her Crest White Strips from the wastebasket, and has beautiful white teeth. Does anybody know if use of these on a dog's teeth is safe and advisable?
from what i've always understood the reason you can't use human toothpaste for dogs is because of the flouride in it. i have no idea if this is so but if you want to know about specific products being dangerous to your pet you could always call the pet poison control center. you never know what a pet will get into and vets use this service all the time to get the answers if they don't know off hand. some dogs just have hereditary bad teeth just as in us humans. keep feeding the dry food only, brush their teeth and give bones for them to chew. if the plaque is already built up on the teeth nothing will take it off except a dental cleaning from your vet. then once the dogs teeth are cleaned you can start from scratch.
Tartar depends on the breed of dog and what kind of eater they are. Some breeds have small mouths and the tartar builds up fast, Some dogs are gobblers and some chew every piece of kibble very carefully. The dogs that are gobblers may have less tartar, because the food is not in their mouths for long period of time. Its crunch and swallow. There are a few ways to deal with the tartar. You could get the vet to clean it for you, you could pick it of with your finger nail, you could buy some T/D kibble from the vet and mix with his food. The kibble actually breaks off the tartar, its so hard. Some folks do feed the T/D as the dogs diet. (It would be a adult maintanence diet) T/D Tooth Diet Crest white strips are probly not the reason the dogs teeth are white. They have peroxide and that whitens, it can't break tartar.
really wouldn't think the strips had anything to do with the pets teeth, peroxide is really not the greatest for them, (usually used to help vomit) if they ate something they weren't supposed to. How old are your pets? Have they ever had a dental cleaning? Bone marrow bones are good to help keep plaque down, also have you ever heard of Greenies? My dogs love them, keep the teeth clean, and breath fresh(has chloraphyl in it), my 10 year old has only had his teeth cleaned once, and by 4 year old hasn't had hers done yet. Some dogs are just prone to plaque, especially on the back molars which are deep. My boss has 2 labs and she has to work constant to keep it off the teeth, hers will actually let her use a dental pick to clean it out.
i love the toothpaste. we always get poulty flavor, i let her have a taste first then i brush. she's actually very good with it. we brush about 3 times a week and then she gets a greenie almost every day. both my dogs go crazy for the greenies, can't keep them in the house.
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I had the GSP's teeth cleaned while having surgery on her ear less than a year ago, and they are already ugly again. She sucks her dry food down like there's no tomorrow, and still gets this buildup. My Lab chews each piece like a little gentleman, and still gets the buildup. At spring checkup time, I'll really pin the vet down on this one. I think he told me years ago that routine use of some expensive product of his would erode existing buildups. I'd like to think that the regular use of the right product could avoid the expense and risk of general anesthetic for a vet cleaning. Oh--and my vet had told me that human toothpaste with its fine grit is irritating to a dog's stomach. That's hard to believe, considering the junk a dog swallows while chewing a bone or toy outdoors--especially one that he's buried and found later.
My male has beautiful white teeth!! He chews everything form bones to treats and he doesn't have any build up but then my female is the total opposite she wouldn't chew a raw hide bone or treats. I have to break up the treats for her then she will eat it. She won't chew a real bone and her teeth are starting to show. She is a gulper when it comes to her food so she really sholdn't have this problem. Where she does have build up is on the front teeth! So I guess we are going to have to get that tooth brush out too tonight!
If you have trouble with brushing, I'd try one of the dental kongs. I just put the doggie toothpaste in the groove and let them chew. Also, I buy Nutro natural choice Tartar control biscuits, which I find helps the older dogs, but they're quite hard to chew for young 'uns. We brush doggie teeth 3-4 times a week in our house, and we use greenies, which they adore! Only thing with greenies is that they can get pricey if you use the size recommended for your breed if you have a large breed. I have Golden retrievers, and we use the petite size which works fine. I just monitor them during chewing to make sure they don't choke. Be sure to avoid human toothpastes, since they were never formulated to be swallowed, unless you can teach your pooch to spit. I've never had any luck with that. Seriously though, doggie pastes are safe if they swallow and taste like something they like, so brushing is enjoyable for them.