I try and brush my animals teeth once a week, my cats fight me but when I was younger my Grandmother had a dog that died because of his teeth being infected. Sometimes it's hard because animals fight it sometimes but I try.
I need to more than I do. Mandy's teeth are unbelieveable clean. Tarter free. The vet said it has to do alot with their immune system and every dog is different. Max needs his cleaned but I am afraid to have him sedated at his age. Tina will hold still for you to brush or I have one of the scrapers, but its hard to get tarter off even with one of them. So, she will probably be getting hers cleaned pretty soon.
Go to the Wysong website and order their dental cleaning powder. It removes ALL their plaque after a few brushings. Its amazing. If your dog wont let you brush, sprinkle it on the food. Its made of cheeses and other food ingredients, so its actually good for them.
I brush my kids teeth everytime I bathe them and groom them, about once every 2 to 3 weeks. But I have to tell you all this from experience. I used to work as a groomer at a Vet clinic and I was very shocked and surprised at this certain practice! When you take your dog to get his teeth cleaned, they clean them too hard and oft times take the 1st or 2nd coat of enamel off, that why the dogs teeth get stained so easily again and need to be bad on the table asleep to get the teeth unstained and the breath pretty again. At a seminar I had to attend for this clinic, they called this a marketing idea to get the client to come back for the high cost of the anistetic (bad spell) Also ::shivers with horror:: they cut the dogs nails wayyyyyyyy past the quick if they think the nails are too long. So your dogs wakes from the anistetic (bad spell) with his toes in EXTREME pain and your not told about the nail clipping unless you ask when you pick them up and then then you cannot tell because a cauterize has been done to them. I know not all Vet clinics do this because I found a clinic I take my fur-kids to that do not do this. My advise is to ask the clinic if they do this and to NOT do it to your dog as they sleep getting their teeth done. Personally I will not get my dogs teeth done this way anyways unless it was no other option. And did you know that you are being charged by the 'minute' for the anistetic? I did not know this either til I worked in the clinic.
Can someone explain how exactly do you brush their teeth? We have one of those little toothbrushes that fits over your finger, but every time we've ever tried to do it they fight us and make it impossible. Also the bristles on the brush are so short I wonder if they even do a good job. How do you guys get the dogs to let you brush?