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I took Aspen for her annual check up last night and the vet mentioned that overall her teeth looked great but she does have some tarter starting on her back teeth. I do brush her teeth regularly but I definitely could miss the back. The vet gave me a list of dental chews - one is a new one only available through the vet called Oravet.

What do you all use?

I do give her bully sticks and himalayan chews but not regularly- I could increase that. I've used Greenies in the past but didn't feel like they did much... I could give those another try.
 

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I use a daily dental spray that has helped a lot. I also give them chews a couple times a week that make a big difference. I mainly give cow hooves and ears and bully sticks. They are all safe and non splintering and completely digestible. I never give the dental chews, they don't seem to do much and I've heard too many bad stories about them.
 

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Lena is currently on a raw diet, and her teeth are doing wonderfully!

When she was on kibble though, she had pretty severe tartar and plaque (Her molars were disgusting, frankly). I found that use of an oral dental-cleaning gel combined with regular chewing - Elk antlers mostly, but also bully sticks and himalayan chews - were the only things we found to help a bit. Her teeth got a lot better on that combo, but really made the turnaround when we switched to raw.
 

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Aspen, I brush every day (I occasionally miss) and I use a water additive made by Nylabone.

I also regularly provide bully sticks and antlers for chews. I don't care much for greenies, but I like these: https://www.chewy.com/virbac-cet-veggiedent-tartar-control/dp/41744

With all of that, my dogs teeth are in very condition, but not perfect. The molars have small amounts of plaque and tartar.

Recently I added raw frozen chicken feet as a treat once or twice a week. This is the single best thing I've done for their teeth. It's actually cleaning up their teeth, even the molars, and I think with continued use, my dogs will have perfectly white teeth. As an added bonus, chicken feet are full of glucosamine, which is good for their joints.
 

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One of my coworkers has been using oravet chews for her dog and likes them so far. The active ingredient is also used in mouthwashes for people with plaque/gingivitis problems, though it seems fairly new. She gave me one for Bus, but he swallowed it in 2 bites, so it was both his first and last oravet chew ;)

Ideally, either feeding bones and/or brushing teeth regularly are probably the best routes. Bus' teeth are pretty good aside from serious wear from his chewing/fetching activities. I don't really do much with them, he has a few knuckle bones that I let him work on sporadically, and I have occasionally used tartar softening products (tropiclean, petzlife oral gel) followed by using a scaler to pick off a stray piece of tartar here or there (though doing so can put tiny scratches in the tooth enamel that may make it easier to accumulate tartar, I also use a polishing paste after to help reduce that, and it's usually just a small spot). I should probably brush them regularly, but never remember, and our current "program" seems to work ok. Annie's teeth are disgusting, but she can't have a dentistry due to the kidney disease, and I'm afraid to use most oral tartar control products also. I was giving her bones for a while as well, but she really doesn't chew the bone part, just picks the meat off with her front teeth.
 

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***If you do decide to start feeding bone, be sure they're appropriately sized for your dog, and ALWAYS supervise bone chewing! (Raw bones are generally better, and safer as long as they're appropriately sized and not too hard that they will break teeth.)
 
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My girl is 4 years old and has perfectly clean teeth.....I feed her a raw chicken leg or thigh, or beef ribs at least 3x a week in addition to brushing. I truly am convinced it's the bones keeping her teeth so free of plaque and tartar because if I don't, her teeth start to stain within days, but once I start giving her the raw meaty bones the icky staining disappears! Just be aware of the type of bones you give, as heavy weight bearing type bones will break teeth!
 

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Lena is currently on a raw diet, and her teeth are doing wonderfully!

When she was on kibble though, she had pretty severe tartar and plaque (Her molars were disgusting, frankly). I found that use of an oral dental-cleaning gel combined with regular chewing - Elk antlers mostly, but also bully sticks and himalayan chews - were the only things we found to help a bit. Her teeth got a lot better on that combo, but really made the turnaround when we switched to raw.
Thanks. Raw isn't an option for me right now so I think I'll increase the amount of chews.
 

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I use a daily dental spray that has helped a lot. I also give them chews a couple times a week that make a big difference. I mainly give cow hooves and ears and bully sticks. They are all safe and non splintering and completely digestible. I never give the dental chews, they don't seem to do much and I've heard too many bad stories about them.
and your dog doesn't mind? i tried the spray and my dog reacted as if i had just used pepper spray.
 

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In my experience, nothing worked, other than daily brushing using a toothpaste with enzymes to eliminate tarter. Samantha had her teeth professionally cleaned at age 3, which was so hard on her, with the anesthetic etc, I vowed to do what ever it took to eliminate the need for another professional cleaning. She is now 7 1/2, all her teeth are white and clean. Vet checks her out and says no intervention required.
 

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In my experience, nothing worked, other than daily brushing using a toothpaste with enzymes to eliminate tarter. Samantha had her teeth professionally cleaned at age 3, which was so hard on her, with the anesthetic etc, I vowed to do what ever it took to eliminate the need for another professional cleaning. She is now 7 1/2, all her teeth are white and clean. Vet checks her out and says no intervention required.
Laco, I went through the same experience with my dog. He had his teeth cleaned at age 4. While it was good to get rid of all the gunk on his teeth, I vowed to never put him through it again (unless he needs an extraction for some reason). So it motivated me to brush daily. I hope to keep my younger dog's teeth in such good condition that he'll never need a professional cleaning.
 

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No, all 3 of my dogs are totally fine with the dental spray. I just lift up their gums and spray, and they just stand there. The first couple times they were less than impressed, but they quickly got used to it.
 
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