Does anyone really brush their dog's teeth?

asked 2014-09-24 14:00:34 -0500

I mean come on now.

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I will say I am awful at brushing my dogs teeth, but I give him those dental chews and take him for dental cleanings. I worked at a vet office and have seen many cases where people do not take care of their dogs teeth. They get bad breath, lose their teeth, and it can cause problems with their organs.

Ashley L.'s profile image Ashley L.  ( 2015-08-27 13:23:33 -0500 ) edit

It sounds ridiculous, I know and boy oh boy is it a painn!! But I cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of your dog & CATS teeth! They can easily get periodontal disease & gingivitis, just like we can! Ive found greenies dental chews and some type of water additive to be very helpful.

Heather L.'s profile image Heather L.  ( 2015-08-27 13:28:50 -0500 ) edit

Growing up, my family would brush our dogs teeth with baking soda once a week, as reccommended by the vet. I haven't seen any updated information since then. However, a lot of dogs I have sat get toys that aid in dental health.

Melissa H.'s profile image Melissa H.  ( 2015-08-27 13:29:53 -0500 ) edit

ABSOLUTELY! Most owners don't know that the pup's teeth are just like ours and need to be cleaned after every meal just like ours- once they know they do it. I always offer the alternative - A Greenies type snack + a tooth cleaning water additive to greatly reduce the amount of brushing needed.

Vivian S.'s profile image Vivian S.  ( 2015-09-11 21:19:41 -0500 ) edit

I have a greyhound and they come with really bad teeth from the track. A dental cleaning can easily run over $700 when teeth need to be extracted. My last dog had to get a professional cleaning every year for the last 4 years of his life with many extractions. He would get infections and be in pain

Jill H.'s profile image Jill H.  ( 2015-09-28 11:17:17 -0500 ) edit

Yes, some people do. A friend of mine use to brush his dogs teeth once a month atleast. I myself have brushed a dogs teeth that had never had any care and were yellow. It took about 6 brushings to clear them up and she was then able to eat hard foods.

Patricia J.'s profile image Patricia J.  ( 2015-09-29 17:56:30 -0500 ) edit

I do! I started my dog young by rubbing gums with my fingers, then worked our way to a small toothbrush with no toothpaste, then to the full on brushing. My dog has excellent teeth and will have a much better quality of life. Plus, I love the fact her teeth are white and not gross.

Alycia E.'s profile image Alycia E.  ( 2015-10-04 20:03:51 -0500 ) edit

I try and brush Babe's teeth every night but sometimes skip, but never more than 24 hours. It is sort of a pain but then she's kind of greedy so she at least let's me get the peanut butter flavored dog toothpaste into her mouth before she tries chewing on the toothbrush. Lol

Kendra T.'s profile image Kendra T.  ( 2015-10-14 12:13:26 -0500 ) edit

I brush my dogs teeth every night. After an expensive teeth cleaning and a difficult 3 day recovery from anesthesia, I will try my best to keep them clean!!

Kate F.'s profile image Kate F.  ( 2016-05-19 08:31:13 -0500 ) edit

I do as well. I brush them every other day and their teeth look great. No expensive cleaning needed by the vet.

Cherrie W.'s profile image Cherrie W.  ( 2016-07-05 16:30:39 -0500 ) edit

I brush my dogs teeth every other day.

Sabrina T.'s profile image Sabrina T.  ( 2016-10-29 00:10:46 -0500 ) edit

For Sure! If I didn't, we'd all be very sorry! Our dog doesn't mind it too much and we all are happy when it's done!

Megan O.'s profile image Megan O.  ( 2017-06-19 14:00:04 -0500 ) edit

http://www.inquisitr.com/4309237/do-you-brush-your-dogs-teeth-this-vet-says-you-should/ Here is an article regarding this topic.

Haley C.'s profile image Haley C.  ( 2017-06-21 19:07:36 -0500 ) edit

Yes! We brush our dogs teeth every single night before we brush ours.

Angela M.'s profile image Angela M.  ( 2017-10-02 14:26:04 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2014-11-04 15:29:13 -0500

I used to brush my dogs teeth once or twice a month. But a friend of mine recently also had 5 of her dogs teeth pulled because all kinds of gunk was stuck in it for months (maybe years?). After that story, I think I'll try to brush my future dogs' teeth at least once a week.

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answered 2016-05-18 13:42:53 -0500

I cannot stress enough the importance of dental hygiene for your furry loved ones. With 92% of dogs having some form of dental disease in varying severity by the age of THREE it's blatantly evident that not only do owners think teeth brushing is trivial but ones that KNOW it's important are just too lazy to do it. I work in a grooming salon and it breaks my heart to see some clients come in with rotting teeth that are shades of green and black. So many dogs come in with sensitive gums or missing teeth because of how much people don't really care to brush their dog's teeth.

Before I started working with animals I also had no idea that dental hygiene was so incredibly important for my dog. She went 9 years of un-brushed teeth. Her gums and teeth were completely rotted, her breath smelled of decay and looking back on it now I feel horrible because it got to a point where she could only eat wet food because she couldn't chew anything hard. Of course, I was too young to really know or do anything about it but I know now and actively brush my cat's teeth because of how important it is.

PLEASE BRUSH YOUR DOGS TEETH. It really isn't a joke or something to skip out on.

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answered 2016-05-14 08:16:34 -0500

I don't but I give my dog dental chews, treats and toys often to clean his teeth. The vet always comments on how nice and clean his teeth are.

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answered 2016-05-15 08:21:26 -0500

You don't need to brush your dogs teeth but you should buy them rawhides or bones in order to keep their teeth clean and healthy.

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answered 2015-09-15 13:18:17 -0500

We feed our dogs home made dog food. Mostly rice and raw ground beef, plus the essential vitamins and minerals. We very seldom brush our dogs teeth and our vet always comments on how good our dogs teeth and gums look. We give the occasional rawhide and beef bone but it is due to their diet. I have also heard that 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt after eating is very good for dogs teeth. = D

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answered 2015-08-27 13:46:54 -0500

Brushing your dog's teeth is something every pet owner should do. It helps avoid costly dental issues down the road. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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answered 2015-08-29 18:21:46 -0500

I brushed me senior dog's teeth once a week for years and it could be a little tricky at times, but, it was worth all the time. Sadly, one day he stopped letting me when he started getting older, even growling at me for the first time, so I had to stop and now I give him raw bones to help get some of the plaque off, but, his teeth are not the same. I used a finger brush for years with poultry flavored toothpaste and I would touch his gums and teeth often to get him used to the idea of me fingers in his mouth and that is what help me for some time. I found out that raw bones can help a lot for dogs who just do not want you to brush their teeth. I hope this helps you some.

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answered 2015-08-27 13:15:11 -0500

To be honest - I did not brush my dog's teeth for a very long time. About 2 years ago we got into the habit of brushing weekly, sometimes bi-weekly. Granted I should do it more often, but it's really a pain to get 4 dogs to let me mess around with their mouths so I call it a success that we can even do it weekly! :)

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answered 2015-08-27 12:00:12 -0500

I don't, but after reading all this, I think I'm going to. Plus, I've had my eye on this giant tub of finger toothbrushes on Amazon, so when I get them, I can add them to gift bags. :)

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answered 2014-12-30 20:17:54 -0500

I do, because I am one of the people who learned the hard (and expensive) way how expensive dental care is later in life. After having both of my dogs' teeth professionally cleaned, we now brush every week or two and I more regularly give teeth-cleaning treats. I used to think it was silly, but now I know how important it is! Moving forward, I will definitely start the regular brushes as a puppy and before the senior years.

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