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Dental Care

Postby EllaBella » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:14 am

So Fraggle is having *most* of her remaining teeth out today. I'm trying to figure out all the possible ways I can try and keep the remaining ones okay.

What's your favorite brush? Toothpaste? Are any of the water additives worth it?

Help me save the 8 teeth (including the 4 canines) she's going to have left 😭

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Re: Dental Care

Postby SherriA » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:04 pm

I use CET that I get from the vet and Zymox gel in between brush g. I just use the regular two headed brush from the vets office, nothing special.

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Re: Dental Care

Postby connie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:38 am

I have Beau, a Sheltie with such hideous dentition that seasoned veterinarians have drawn back and said 'OMG!' on first looking in his mouth. So my two cents is: I have never seen a difference from anything I have put in the water bowl, be it fragaria vesca or an enzymatic cleaning solution. Save your money, is my comment on that.
I do brush Beau's teeth, using PetzLife gel and a plastic fingertip 'toothbrush'. This helps a bit, it's certainly worth doing. I have not been able to use a scraper with good results on his teeth because he is Not In Favor of that and will not allow it. (The vet, with assistants who can override Beau's vote, can whisk the scale stuff off with a scraper in seconds! I'm so envious!)
Beau still eats things that are helpful in keeping his teeth de-crudded, but they have far less effect on him than they do on my other dogs who have decent and good teeth.
My conclusion is that in dogs, as in people, genes are the overriding factor in dental problems as the dog (or person) ages. But even thought Beau may need to lose his lance canines in the next year, I am still brushing! Onward!

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Re: Dental Care

Postby Sabine » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:56 am

In my experience, what works really depends on the individual dog. I've seen both great and no results with fragaria vesca, Zymox brushless gel, Dr. Dodds' Healthy Mouth and various other products. In some dogs the actual brushing makes a difference (even if it's just with a solution of ascorbic acid), in others it doesn't.

My suggestion is pick a couple suggestions, and see what happens.

Of the water additives, HealthyMouth seems to be the most effective. You can also make a solution and add it to soft food directly, if a dog doesn't consume much extra water. It doesn't have a bad flavor.
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