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Features March 2018 Issue

The 6 Misconceptions That Prevent People from Taking the Best Care of Their Dogs’ Teeth

For dogs who don’t like having their teeth brushed, start very slowly and gradually.

The 6 Misconceptions That Prevent People from Taking the Best Care of Their Dogs’ Teeth

Knowing the truth about oral hygiene will let you keep your dog's teeth in the best shape possible for as long as possible.

“When I see a patient and take a history from the owner, asking ‘How often do you brush your dog’s teeth?’ I get responses like ‘Oh, you need to brush their teeth?’ Or ‘My groomer does it when he goes in for grooming,’” says board-certified veterinary dentist Bonnie Shope, VMD, past chair of the American Veterinary Dental College’s Examination Committee and Training Support Committee. “Sometimes they expect kudos when they respond that they brush their pet’s teeth once a month."

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