Here's the scoop on plaque & teeth:
Plaque solidifies in to tartar in only 24 hours, so those who brush their
dogs' teeth-- it's best to do it daily! Daily tooth brushing is the best
way to prevent tartar build-up. The old "once a week" brushing doesn't do
much to help. :(
The type of dental cleaning being done is very important. Just scaling the
teeth themselves (as is done popularly by groomers these days) isn't doing
the whole job. "Subgingival curettage" is the good dental- where the roots
(that aren't attached to the gum) are also scaled to totally eradicate the
There are very few products that really get rid of plaque.... Most are
gimmicks. However, there is a newer product available made by Merial that
actually does work- called Oravet Chews (available at a vet and online
pharmacies). Something in the chew actually changes the composition of the
plaque, and really does decrease bacteria in the mouth. Improves breath
Leba III is a spray product that prevents plaque/tartar buildup, and
apparently helps reduce plaque with a daily use for a month. It is
available online without prescription I believe.
Tried & true are raw meaty bones for those who love a good chew. :) one
great benefit about a good bone is that it gives a good gums massage too
Immune stimulation doesn't make much of any difference in teeth keeping;
it's the daily brushing that makes the most difference.
Some dogs just have genetically poor teeth! Some have weak enamel, and
their teeth wear down long before we think they should; though they stay
clean even though they're little nubs! Others have strong enamel, but seem
to be particularly porus, and collect tartar like nobody's business... Some
dogs are cursed with weak teeth and porus enamel. I have no idea the mode
of inheritance. Sure wish I did!
The dog of mine with the dirtiest teeth is my youngest... Her almost 12
year old grandmother has never had a dental and still has clean teeth! Go
Jen P & her Pack
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Penny Kroh <farmdogforever@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Yesterday I had Izzy at the vet's for some dental work. She has had a
cleaning 5 times in the last 6 years. In between times, I have scaled her
teeth and brushed her teeth. Nothing keeps them clean. I fed her "raw"
for a year & a half--no difference. She (and the rest of the pack) have
raw chicken backs and raw bones--no difference. No one else has teeth like
hers. Plaque, plaque and more plaque--her teeth are gorgeous now, but it
will not last. She has had 4 teeth removed through the years, 2
yesterday. I have decided that she's just got (genetically) bad toofers.
I am going to give her colloidal silver and other immune boosters--don't
know what else to do. Izzy has always been healthy in every other way and
like I said before, none of my other dogs has this problem. After my
long-winded explanation, can anyone tell me anything else I can do
naturally to help her? Since she's almost 9, I don't want her to be put
under anesthesia repeatedly for tooth cleaning. H E L P.
Da List is da best.
Penny in NC
The Farm Dog Forever
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The Ghost, PT, HT