|Barked: Sun Mar 13, '11 2:09pm PST |
|Wet food and dry food both can get trap between the lips and gum line, where they sit holding bacteria close to gums.
Ideally twice daily brushing should happen. Or at least any brushing more than 1-2x weekly (if you wait longer between brushing the tartar is too stuck on to be removed by brushing alone. If brushing is hard you can try running a gauze pad along the gum line after they eat to clear out any food that is stuck in the mouth.
What some people have luck with is allowing their dogs to do the "brushing" for them. Giving rawhide, bully stick, rope, RMB, nylabones, Nutridents, greenies, or other chewing toys. There are also some fruits and vegetables that if left in large chunks will help to clear some of the food residue away too - apples with peel, pears, celery, carrot (try giving a whole large one to gnaw on), broccoli and cauliflower (a whole stalk) or cucumber (keep peel on).
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