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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 30, 2008
    Virginia Beach

    Default spin off: dental work

    After reading the other dental thread I was wondering how often should you have your dog's teeth cleaned?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 15, 2010


    As often as it is needed. Annual for a lot of dogs and never for some. Combination of genetics, diet, and "chew drive."

    We have a couple of dogs that come in that at 7+ have never needed a dental because they love chewing on bones and have great genes. We also have 7 month old puppies that somehow already have a fair amount of tartar on their brand-new permanent teeth.

    Annual dentals are a lot of peoples default and can prevent a cracked tooth from going unnoticed for a long time.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr. 14, 2001


    FWIW, I haven't had to do a dental in ... 15 years? As long as I've been feeding grain-free ultra premium kibble. We even just did a growth removal on the 8 year old, and would have happily added a dental if the vet felt it worthwhile (might as well take advantage of the anesthesia) but her teeth are perfect. She's not even a chewer.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 1, 2011


    My dog is on a grain free premium 6 star food and he has needed teeth cleaning twice already and he's only 7. No extractions though I get him done before it ever gets to that.

  5. #5
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    Nov. 3, 2006


    My cats have needed more care. I have done a cleaning on one corgi. Individual genetics seem to play a huge role. Your vet should be getting a good look in the mouth at the annual check up. Cats are often much harder to assessed awake. I have Snowshoe/Siamese kitties and they seem more prone. I try to get them done at least every other year, in part because once they're under I can then do a good oral assessment.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul. 26, 2001
    Toronto, Canada.


    I think breed plays a role too. Often the toy breeds develop dental disease faster, and ones with off bites. Beards that can get entrapped in the mouth can also play a role in adding to dental disease.

    I personally dont think grain free vs. raw vs. quality grain food plays a huge role. Bones can help,but it depends on how the dogs eat them.

    My oldest dog (13 almost) is on a good quality food, whole grains (as she tolerates them just fine), and hasnt needed a dental ever. My terrier who ate a premade raw food before I adopted him had horrible teeth, but his beard would constantly get stuck in his mouth.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005


    It has nothing to do with food.

    Some dogs never need their teeth cleaned; some need them cleaned every couple of years; some need them done every year.

    Your vet will tell you when or if there is enough tartar build-up and gingivitis to warrant a cleaning.
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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