Originally Posted by Jessss2008
Ususally people get their teeth done at a vets office which is like a clean/pulling teeth if needed and a good brush but it could be spendy so I guess brushing them yourself works too. You didn't use toothpaste did you? Is that toxic to dogs (I heard it was)
My Vet has always insisted that everyone needs to brush their dog's teeth. The cleaning in the office is basically if you haven't done this or if you have a dog that has more severe dental problems. Its about $350 per dog to have their teeth cleaned at the Vet's office (at least where I live) and any teeth that need to be pulled is of course an extra fee. Plus your dog is put under anesthesia and why do that if you can avoid it?
By brushing their teeth at home, you avoid the extra cost and the extra risk associated with having it done at the Vet and you spend a little time handling your pet which they do love. My oldest Dachshund has very bad teeth even with brushing and has to have them pulled all the time. Its very expensive for me and so painful for him. He now has very few teeth left which causes him problems eating.
My other 3 Doxies are doing fine with the brushing every day, although the 10 year old did need one professioanl cleaning, but thankfully no dental surgery.
Pet toothpaste also has prophylactic qualities, so that even if your pet objects to you brushing their teeth, if you can just wipe some of the paste on their teeth and gums they get most of the same benefits that they would receive from a good brushing. You can just use your finger to do this and most dogs really don't object to it.
Its especially important to do this if your dog eats soft food or canned dog food. This can get under the gum line and can literally destroy the teeth....plus they get very bad breath from it.
My cat hates it, but he tolerates it.
My neighbor's dog had really bad breath & terrible looking teeth. He got a large build up of plaque on his teeth which led to an infection under the gum line in one of his front canine teeth (fangs) . The infection went through the sinus cavity and up into the brain. After much suffering he had to be put down. He was only 6 years old.
It could have been avoided by some preventative dental care and just some daily brushing. My neighbor has rescued another dog and is brushing his teeth every single day.
Its just part of having an animal companion. Like grooming and nail clipping and shots and picking up poop and .....but we all love them so its not even an issue.