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Q: What is the best way to keep a dog's teeth clean?

March 6, 2009 | By Lynne P. | 53 answers | Expired: 2041 days ago

What is the best way to keep a dog's teeth clean?

Are there any chews or treats out in market that actually clean the teeth?

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Gail  H.
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Mar 06, 2009

Brush them everyday, hard yes, but this is the best way to make sure a dogs teeth and gums stay healthy. Dogs suffer if their teeth and gums are not healthy, the infections cause other damaging long term efects on their body.

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JeanAngel
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Mar 06, 2009

I own a gift shop and we have a pet section and our number 1 seller is a toothbrush and toothpaste made by a company called Cain & Able..These toothbrushes are designed just for dogs and we constantly sell out!!

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Emilee C.
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Mar 06, 2009

When they chew a bone, esp a whitening bone it helps their teeth a lot! also if their teeth get really bad take them to the vet and they will clean them for you!

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Dani D.
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Mar 06, 2009

I agree with the others... brush

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Clarissa H.
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Mar 06, 2009

Bones and Greenies are both good ways. Also, brushing. If you have a new puppy, I would start this when they are young so that they are used to it. Trust me, when you start late it is not that easy to brush!

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Emily  P.
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Mar 06, 2009

They have bones called Greenies that I use. They are expensive but help, but brushing is really the only way to get the job done.

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Betsy S.
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Mar 06, 2009

Brushing teeth is best, but I sure don't do it like I should. For some dogs, regular chewing on a gumabone or nylabone may be enough -- it was for several of my dogs. But this hasn't worked for my latest dog. I did get that dental toy where the brushes are built into the bone. That is easier that brushing, but I haven't used it enough to know if it will really do the trick. You put dog toothpaste on it and give it to them, but only for a short time. (Too long and they can pull out the brush part.)

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Ashley S.
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Mar 06, 2009

I would suggest just getting the bone with the approval for the betterment of their teeth. There are some on the market if you look at grocery stores or pet stores.

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Midwestteacher
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Mar 06, 2009

My grandma actually brushes her dogs' teeth too. She does it every week and they are used to it so it isn't a problem. I know they have dog toothpaste out there, but she doesn't use anything but water.

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Melissa
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Mar 06, 2009

Brush your dogs teeth really good at least once every two weeks. I use a colgate spin brush and doggy toothpaste works great. You can also get a liquid you put in their water that works really really well. Other than that they make dental chews that are great for their teeth. For your info, you have to get them use to the toothbrush before you use it.

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