I suspect largely due to poor breeding and possibly poor nutrition in adolescence, Maggie is prone to tartar build up on her teeth. I just had them cleaned in June and they look awful again. Not like a poor little homeless dog, but worse than you would expect for a 4 year old dog who had her teeth cleaned 6 months ago. I told my vet that I don't want to have her anesthetized every 6 months for dentals. So what to do. I googled and there is a product called oravet that is like a sealant the vet puts on after a dental, and then you reapply with swabs every 2 weeks. My vet doesn't carry the product because they said people didn't follow up. She did say that she would check into if it was possible for them to get some for me without having to start carrying the product. I can buy the swabs through a mail order pharmacy, but I don't think I can get the product that the vet is supposed to put on after cleaning.
She suggested that the water additives really do have some benefit. I asked which one, and she said any of them. So I ordered Oratene. It will be interesting to see if it really helps. But does anyone have any other suggestions for dental health? I am awful at consistency in brushing. Maggie isn't much of a chewer. Oravet makes a dental chew, but I always worry about the safety of chews after Greenies caused so many problems for dogs. I just want her to have healthy teeth.
My parents old dog was a 14 year old GSP and she never had a dental in her life and didn't have a speck of plaque on her teeth. I feel like there has to be a genetic component to dental health.