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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: 2020 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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Kelli H.
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Mar 06, 2009

I know it sounds kind of crazy but I have 5 dogs of all types and I brush their teeth. I buy them each a battery operated toothbrush so it can help me do the work. Each one has their own. You need to use the special dog toothpaste. Dogs should not use people toothpaste. It takes a couple of times to get them used to it. Now mine line up to get their teeth brushed. I have been doing this about 6 years AND during that time the vet has never had to clean their teeth. I only brush about once every two weeks. Good luck.

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kevinskats
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Mar 06, 2009

I don't have a dog...but in the case of my cat, Mitt, he had tartar building up all the time on his teeth. Once cleaned by the vet, we bought Science Diet Oral Care cat food and he hasn't had a problem since. His teeth cleaned up, stayed clean and even his breath doesn't smell bad anymore. Not sure if they make this product for dogs however.

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Ethel02
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Mar 06, 2009

Raw marrow bone from butcher big enough that they don't choke, about 1 every 2 weeks, give it outside or on a floor that can be cleaned it's greasy but it's the marrow & is healthy for them.

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Annette D.
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Mar 06, 2009

I just use a regular toothbrush and dog toothpaste, please don't use toothpaste made for people, the dog will swallow it and thats not good for them. If you have a big dog, at pet stores they sell longer toothbrushes, that might be easier. Something like Dentabones once in a while will help to keep their teeth clean too, but brushing is very important.

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Lauren M.
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Mar 06, 2009

What I do to brush my dogs teeth is, at petco they have these things you put on your finger to brush your dogs teeth and you rub toothpaste on the thing you put on you finger.

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Helen A.
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Mar 06, 2009

I have started brushing my dogs teeth a few times a week, hoping that will help prevent problems in the future, but you can also get chews from the pet store which are supposed to help keep the teeth clean. Check out the reviews on Zootoo to help you choose which to buy!

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Isaacbonsai
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Mar 06, 2009

use vthe little wipes they have at stores.

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Linda C.
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Mar 06, 2009

I give my dogs natural sterilized bones and Nylabones to chew on, and have never had a problem with tartar build up. Feeding them dry food that they have to crunch helps as well.

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Marisa S.
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Mar 06, 2009

I wouldn't use "Greenies" because I have heard they are bad for dog.

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Eric G.
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Mar 06, 2009

Brushing your dog's teeth is hands down the best way. Two of my dogs - both are around 5 years old - have not had to get a cleaning yet. My third had one because he came to us with terrible teeth and now after two years he has not needed a terrible cleaning.

I attribute this completely to my wife brushing their teeth a few times a week. With the third dog we had to spend some time getting him used to the brushing back doing it very gradually and ironically enough, giving him treats during the brushing, but now he loves it and gets excited when he sees the doggie toothpaste.

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