Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: ontario, canada
I`ve found the biggest help with teeth is chewing - they need to chew on things regularly. A variety of shapes too. Round things (like knuckle bones) help the back teeth and longer things (like the occasional beef leg bone) will work the canines a bit more. Also, watch the kibble you feed. Something high in sugar (beneful for example) and especially high in carbs (dog chow as another example) tend to cake the plaque and tartar on faster.
I was struggling with my 7 year old rescue dogs teeth. The vet thinks it is because of long term malnutrition the plaque and tartar just builds up faster (he was starved the first 3 years of his life). He is very busy and won`t lie down long enough to really chew on something. I switched all my dogs to raw and his teeth have been beautiful since, and he loves to chew up raw bones. I know everyone here jumps on the raw bandwagon but it honestly was the best thing for his teeth. I have an almost 5 year old, almost 6 year old, 8 year old and 11-14ish year old and they all have sparkling white teeth and get nothing special - no tooth brushing, no gels, no additives in the water. Just plain old species appropriate diet.
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