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    Hi,

    I have noticed my minis lower canines have some reddish build ups-not too serious but I would like to get rid of them now. I have brushed my boys teeth-again not regularly but so called as needed basis. s/tzu has amazing white teeth but not my minis' has yellowish tone to the teeth. What would you suggest?

    If someone out there uses bicarb soda for teeth cleaning, could you tell how you use bicarb soda for teeth? TIA.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    You can put a teaspoon of bicarb in a bowl and add a few drops of water to make a paste and then add it to the toothbrush.
    Raw chicken necks are great for cleaning teeth too.

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    Carrots are good. And what puggerup said about raw chicken bones. Just make sure that the dogs chew them up properly and don't inhale them. Sometimes those denta biscuits or rawhide chews can be good, and some chew toys.

    Some of these things are no good for my dog because she eats these things too fast, in too big pieces or even splinters (marrow bones) and it all comes back to haunt us in unpleasant ways. So make sure you supervise any chewables you give your dogs, at least until you're sure they're doing the right things with them.

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    Yes my boys eat raw for dinner and their teeth are quite good. Just minis has some build up inside of canines. Problem with chicken necks are they just chew a few times and swallow. Perhaps I can hold them...then they will use back teeth rather than canines.

    If I use bicarb soda paste for brushing, what can i offer to wash off the soda?
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Maybe a squirty bottle.

    Bicarb soda tastes pretty crap on its own so good luck with that one. Vinegar (or other acids like apple juice) will make it fizz.

    For an old family dog, we had a little brush you stuck over your finger and some doggy toothpaste - which the dog didn't object to. I never tried tasting it though.

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    Is the reddish build up on the teeth or gums?
    The canines are the hardest to maintain.
    I have a greyhound and they have a lot of dental problems. Pryor to adoption they come with a dental, scale and clean. They are so white and the gums are really healthy.
    I have been maintaining his teeth as best I can. His back teeth are good but his canines
    are proving the hardest to maintain. The best way to maintain dogs teeth is raw meaty bones. However the bones that I can give him do not work his canines. They need bone with meat on that they can get into with their canines, also big chunks of meat that will give their teeth a work out.
    I too use a tooth brush with dog tooth paste. I have tried bicarb, once he tasted it that was it he wouldn't let me near him. IF the plaque has built up too much you wont be able to remove it with a tooth brush that's when you need a scale and clean.
    If the gums bleed it could be a sign of gingivitis.
    Also check that any dental/ chews you purchase don't come from China or Thailand.

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    thanks Molly. Definitely on the teeth. I am not sure if you call it tar or plaque or simple stain. perhaps I can take photos. I feed exactly same to the boys and one has this while the other has perfect teeth. Then again s/tzu has little over bite teeth while the minis has perfect scissor bite. When s/tzu came he had horrible teeth but within a few weeks his teeth became bright white. Perhaps little over bite is good for dog's teeth..lol
    Yes averse effect of bicarb....that is something I am worried about. I have tooth paste but brushing with the paste does not seem effective....
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    How old is the dog? Most dogs will need at least 1 professional cleaning by a vet at some stage in their life, usually after age 9.
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    s/tzu 3 yo-minis will be three in Jan 25th.

    I am just extra cautious about teeth....some people may think of me
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Molly33 my big borzoi male has difficult to clean canines - sounds like your grey. The best thing I've found is whole marrow bones, with as much meat on the ends as I can find. They will keep him occupied without hom being able to chomp them with his back teeth and swallow them.

    Well, actually the second best... the very best I've had for them was sheep heads - but gruesome!! Not recommended if you have squeamish neighbours. But if not, and you know any local farmers they are excellent for their front teeth.

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