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Old 11-11-2013, 07:29 AM
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When they need one. Buddy (now deceased pitbull mix) had two fractured canines that needed extracting. Then, a year later she spit out a molar and when they knocked her out to extract the roots, they X-rayed and found she had resorptive lesions and needed 15 extractions. But on the surface, her teeth looked great for an 11 year old dog! She gave no indication of trouble. After that she realllllyyyy needed another cleaning but she couldn't have GA any longer.

Obi (boxer mix) is six and I'll likely do a cleaning next year. He doesn't really need one but I'd rather be proactive.

My parents' dog is an eskie/beagle and she's having a cleaning in a few weeks. She's eight.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:36 PM
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Dekka is turning 9 and never had one and her vet commented how great her teeth look. I don't brush them either... she chews on things.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:51 PM
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The dogs will be getting their teeth done when they need them done, heck my dogs don't even go to the vet every year. My dogs are fed raw and get to chew on raw bones a lot. Teagan's teeth are near perfect and plaque free.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:53 PM
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When they need one. Buddy (now deceased pitbull mix) had two fractured canines that needed extracting. Then, a year later she spit out a molar and when they knocked her out to extract the roots, they X-rayed and found she had resorptive lesions and needed 15 extractions. But on the surface, her teeth looked great for an 11 year old dog! She gave no indication of trouble.
I learned that when I took my cats to the dental specialist last year. It makes me really wonder if oral issues have anything to do with Buzz not feeling his best. He's the only one who hasn't ever had xrays of his teeth because outwardly his teeth look fine.

If only I had another couple thousand lying around, I'd bring him in for sure! I think this means I need to work at a clinic that specializes in dental work... right?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:13 PM
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Seamus has had one dental in his life and he's eight .. and the only reason he got one was because he needed an extraction anyway so we thought 'why not?' His teeth certainly weren't horrible beforehand but they did look better after the dental. It's been a couple years now and his teeth still look good, but he does chew on a lot of things too.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:59 PM
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I really really really prefer for Nia not to have a dental if possible. It always makes me so nervous to put dogs under.

so...Nia is 5 and has never had one.

Our other dog Popcorn is 4.5 and never had one.

Truffles is 7 and has had 2. Last one being an extraction for an infected tooth.

All 3 are toy breeds and Popcorn and Truffles don't get teeth brushing(don't live with me), Nia does.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:10 AM
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Logan had a dental last year, but only because he broke his tooth and it needed extracted. Did a dental cleaning while he was under since it didn't really add to the cost. Since his dental, he seems to get gross teeth faster, but brushing and scaling takes care of it.

Gavroche is 6 and has never had a dental, and has never needed one.

My parents' GSD was almost 14 and he never needed a dental. His incisors were worn down to nubs, but his teeth were clean and looked great aside from wear.

My goal is to not need to have dentals on my dogs ever (or ever again, in Logan's case!). Multiple times per year seems very excessive to me, but I do know several dogs that need the, yearly. Preventative measures would reduce the need for those dogs, though.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:20 AM
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Oh, I do have some Oravet but I'm bad about using it. I do try to remember to smear some on after hand-scaling, though. When I worked at the clinic we did have several dogs come in weekly to have it applied (easier for the owners, and we didn't charge for it if they bought the gel), and it definitely made a difference.

I used to give Gavroche T/D before I realized how crappy Hills (and other brands) are. He had good teeth while he got it, but they didn't get any worse after I stopped giving it, so I can't say it actually helped. I'd rather give my dogs RMBs than crappy food nuggets.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:30 AM
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If only I had another couple thousand lying around, I'd bring him in for sure! I think this means I need to work at a clinic that specializes in dental work... right?
A couple thousand for x-rays? We do full mouth rads on even our routine dentals and the total charge for the entire dental procedure is less than $250. (Price obviously jumps if extractions are needed, but up to 8 extractions is still only about $600 total.)

Did want to chime in and say that Cooper and Gracie will be having dentals in January. Cooper will almost be 4 years old (and is a Yorkie), Gracie will be 5.5 and is a Dachshund. They have mild/moderate dental tartar that needs to come off.
Chloe had her teeth cleaned when she was around three, and they're gunky again at 6.5. She won't be getting them cleaned again, for reasons I'd rather not go in to right now.
Cynder is 8 and hasn't ever had her teeth cleaned. She could use it, but she can't be placed under anesthesia. And at this point, her teeth are the last things I'm worried about!
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:51 AM
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A couple thousand for x-rays? We do full mouth rads on even our routine dentals and the total charge for the entire dental procedure is less than $250. (Price obviously jumps if extractions are needed, but up to 8 extractions is still only about $600 total.)
This. Except where I worked a dental with no extractions was closer to $400-$500. But it includes xrays.
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