|Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 2:24pm PST |
|Honestly, it really depends on the dog. Just like with people, genetics play a huge role in oral health. Some people don't have to put in any extra effort to keep their dog's teeth clean, some give teeth cleaning products, raw meaty bones, brush teeth, ect. and still have to take their dog in for professional cleanings, and most fall somewhere in the middle. Apparently small dogs tend to have more issues with teeth than larger ones.
From what I've heard, the whole "kibble cleans teeth" is mostly a myth, so I would definitely brush a kibble dog's teeth, use products intended to clean teeth, give chews like raw bones and bully sticks, ect. even if they looked clean and healthy. If you wait until there's a problem, it's much harder to resolve and may require professional cleaning which isn't cheap. Most raw feeders don't do any supplemental cleaning and report healthy teeth into old age (although for some dogs even RMBs aren't enough). Even if you don't feed raw, a once weekly raw meaty bone can go a long way in keeping teeth clean.
I feed raw but I also brush teeth every day, and have been since before his adult teeth even came in. I figure it's easier to prevent a problem than to treat one.
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