I agree this article was very disappointing. I was hoping to find out how to care for my dogs teeth on a day to day basis with natural options. This article seemed like a promotion for my veterinarian. Not helpful at all.
Dog Dental Health: Brushing Teeth, Dental Treats, and More
Of course, experts recommend brushing your dog’s teeth every day. But if we did everything conscientious experts recommend, there wouldn’t be any time left over for work, sleep or reading blogs. I do, however, think you should add dental care to the long list of things to do from time to time. That is, monitor your dog’s teeth yourself, ask about her teeth during veterinary visits, and decide how much of a preventive dental care regime your dog needs, adapting it according to any changes in his or her oral health status. Any preventative method used regularly will do more good than infrequent intensive interventions.
WebMD discusses 10 tips for helping to ensure dental health in dogs
Posted some time ago about my GSD and his visits to his dentist. He is our rescue and his first dentist visit was to check him out. He did get a root canal and cleaning at that time and tolerated it well. It's a few years later now and our GSD almost died in December as a result of bacteria, removed during cleaning, infecting his body. He was in an ER for a week recovering. He is now eight and in great health but here's where I wish this publication or someone could help me figure out how to manage my dogs dental care. I do brush his teeth every evening. He is on a Sr. now Orijen (lower fat content)/ home cooked chicken, veggies, pumpkin, piece sardine, Cod Liver Oil, Omega 3 and Kefir. I try to do everything that's right for him and so now about my confusion. I have read many pros and cons about feeding bones. I understand that one never feeds cooked or dried bones ever to a dog. Raw is the way to go and keep refrigerated or frozen between chews. Some articles suggested goat bones and so forth. There are other articles that say absolutely no bones and to rely on your veterinarian dentist. My dental vet said no to bones as he's seen too many broken teeth. Please Whole Dog Journal write a really in depth article, from many perspectives, about this very dilemma.
Slideshow: How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth - Pets WebMD
Brushing your dog's teeth may actually prevent some serious canine health problems. In this video we learn the proper technique for brushing your dog's teeth, how often you should brush your dog's teeth, and what are some other home care options to keep your dog's teeth healthy.Thanks for the tips for cleaning dog’s teeth. I definitely know that my dog doesn’t care if she has bad breath, that’s for sure. However, if dental health leads to all other help, I need to do a better job.