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I use gauze wrapped around my finger. My toothpaste is enzymatic so as long as it gets on the teeth, it will do it's job. I also have a product that I add to their drinking water. My vet has several; my favorite is Fresh Breath, mostly because it's much less expensive.

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I use a soft toothbrush and an enzymatic toothpaste. Ruby doesn't seem to like or dislike it, she just goes with the routine. I also get her dentals about every 18 months, but she is getting too old now. I don't think we will put her under to have it done again. Her breath is awful, but the vet says it's not her teeth, its her gut. She is almost 12. We do it once a day before bedtime, and I also brush our Poodle mix's teeth too. She loves it.

Karen

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I do Ken's once a day, in the morning, using a child's toothbrush and mint-flavoured dog toothpaste (not enzymatic). He is very good about it!

 

Don't forget to brush the gumline, as well as the teeth. Ken's teeth are actually pretty good but I spotted some gum inflammation and bleeding at the weekend, which seems to have been the result of something getting trapped in an empty socket where a front tooth was taken out years ago. That meant the poor guy has to put up with me poking around there with a tepee brush as well, right now! Fortunately it is now rapidly improving.

Clare with Tiger (Snapper Gar, b. 18/05/2015), and remembering Ken (Boomtown Ken, 01/05/2011-21/02/2020) and Doc (Barefoot Doctor, 20/08/2001-15/04/2015).

"It is also to be noted of every species, that the handsomest of each move best ... and beasts of the most elegant form, always excel in speed; of this, the horse and greyhound are beautiful examples."----Wiliam Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, 1753.

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The vet dental specialist fellow Dr. Quaak from NC that lectured at Mountain Hounds last year said the best thing is to brush them everyday with CET Toothpaste by Virbac because it has a special ingredient that actually gets into the gum. So I began doing this with my working mal Reba and with my greyhound Octane. I was shocked though because Octannes teeth still kept getting noticibly worse despite daily brushing. So Dr. Quaak had mentioned the Ora-Vet gel that you apply at home once a week and in desperation I tried that. Amazingly it works great and solved the problem! So I just do Octane's once a week with the Ora-Vet gel that binds to the teeth and then brush K9 Reba's pretty much every night with the CET toothpaste and the both are doing well. I must also mention Petz-Life Dental Spray though as I have also found that to be amazingly effective and all you have to do is spray it on! It has kind of a dumn name but it works so I use it off and on on both of them as well.

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Hero & Shelby came to me at 10 yo with horrendous teeth. Over 20 teeth extracted between the 2 of them. Now we have a nightly routine........soft child's toothbrush with CET enzymatic toothpaste,

then finish off with Chlor-Hex dental rinse on a gauze pad all over gumline. It's been almost 2 years, & no further dental work needed. Vet very happy with results.

Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.

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Thanks everyone for your great feedback!! Also, her breath has been getting really bad. When I saw Busderpuddle’s post mentioning bad breath coming from the gut, I started putting some yogurt in her food. After 2 meals, no bad breath! Hope it continues to work.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I use a soft child's toothbrush an enzymatic toothpaste, at night.

 

Our old dog came to us with half her teeth missing, and in the time we had her (even though we took care of her oral health) she went under twice and ended up toothless! So, had Suzy 6 months now, she got a few teeth out in the rescue, but other than that lovely teeth and trying to keep them as such.

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