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My eight year-old spaniel’s teeth are start­ing to dis­colour. I don’t want her gums to start re­ced­ing and won­dered what you might sug­gest to get things whiter than white again? I have tried brush­ing her teeth with paste but she runs a mile when­ever I reach for the tube, and re­fuses to open her mouth when I, even­tu­ally, man­age to catch her.

I have a lovely image of your tooth brush­ing ad­ven­ture in my head and it cer­tainly made me smile. I am sure you re­alise now that pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure and your situation serves as a re­minder to us all that tooth

Neil says:

brush­ing (and ear clean­ing, nail clip­ping etc) should be started with com­pli­ant pup­pies when it can all be made into a fun game.

Now, with your dog’s teeth al­ready af­fected by tar­tar

(and pos­si­bly also caus­ing her some dis­com­fort, hence her re­sponse), I am afraid a ve­teri­nary visit may be in or­der. Hav­ing her teeth pro­fes­sion­ally scaled and pol­ished now might well pre­vent tooth loss in the fu­ture. Im­me­di­ately af­ter this is done, you should be able to start back gen­tly with the brush and some flavoured tooth­paste (hu­man tooth­paste is not suit­able). There are a va­ri­ety of po­tions that can be added to drink­ing wa­ter which claim to re­duce tar­tar. They have vari­able ef­fi­cacy.

Pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure when it comes to teeth clean­ing

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