I brush, since I have a small dog with crowded teeth that get plaquey easily. Some people claim that beef bones keep their dog's teeth bright white. I guess it depends on the dog. Examine the teeth. If you see plaque and red gums, start brushing.
I have been giving her bones and not worrying about brushing. She has wondeful teeth (a lab) But... I just bought a brush and toothpaste for her because.... well, I am THAT kind of a mom!!! I like to cover my bases just in case!!!! ha ha
Max's teeth just came through recently, he was losing them. So I left it to bones to do the trick, I brush them every 2 months because he's harder to brush as he's a smaller dog. His teeth look great though, the chewies, and bones do a real good job ;)
I brush Mia's teeth once a month. He is a small dog, very easy to brush. He doesnt try and move around too much when I do it, he is used to it now. I feed him Compressed rawhide as well, and that does a good job of keeping them white.
I have big dogs that get lots of hard, crunchy stuff to chew on so we've never had a problem with tartar or stinky dog breath. If the vet ever spots a need for it they will get a cleaning but so far they have excellent dental health.
i do not brush my dogs teeth. as a matter of fact i have never brushed any of the dogs i have hads teeth. i once took scout to a daycare center and had about 15 little kids come up and brush her teeth for me and she absolutely loved it lol. but they get big raw marrow bones instead and that keeps tartar off their teeth naturally.
so far it looks like more of you don't brush than do. I had to ask because I don't (or haven't started yet.) They just make such a big deal out of it these days and I started thinking maybe I was being a bad doggy mom since I don't. We always had dogs when I was growing up, we never brushed their teeth and I don't remember ever having a problem.
Unless she starts having problems, I think I'll let it up to the dental bones!
Lol....a picture perfect moment....Every night before bed the girls and I crowd the bathroom to brush our teeth. I let them brush their own teeth while I'm doing mine, then I plop them each on the counter and brush the spots they missed. On one of these occasions, Morgan tattaled on Kaycee for not brushing her teeth lol. So now once a week Morgan, Makenzie, and Kaycee all get put on the counter and have their teeth brushed. It's quite a site lol. Kaycee doesn't have a "dog" tooth brush either, it's a princess one, Morgan picked out!
I brush their teeth weekly when they're bathed (poultry flavored tooth paste) they also get booda bones and real bones I buy from the vet. The two I got as pups, their teeth look really good. The one we adopted a few weeks ago that is 6 years old...her breath smelled soooo badly when we brought her home, I really thought I was going to be shelling out a couple hundred dollars for her teeth to be cleaned, but my two have taught her about bones (she knew nothing of them!) and I've been brushing her teeth, and I have to admit the change already in great. I mean her teeth were so gunky that I really thought they might have to pull many of her molars but...not anymore.
Milkbones are pretty useless. They are compressed flower and corn with some flavering and oil. They turn to goo when wet.
My dogs chew cow hooves and raw bones at their leasure. They all have fantastic teeth. Sighthounds are prone to dirty teeth since they don't have much mouth moisture to clean their jaws but its not a problem with mine becuase of their access to proper chew toys.
I don't waste my money on greenies or any such thing. I toss the hooves and bones when they get small or they break off small peices.
Even the boyfriends shih-tzu has clean teeth and that is quite uncommon, but he chews his cow hooves with diligance.