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I just came across an "ultra quiet" electric toothbrush for dogs made by Hartz and I'm wondering if there is any advantage in using an electric toothbrush versus a regular one, which is what we have always used. Is it significantly more effective at removing tartar and plaque buildup than a manual brush? I'm seriously considering ordering one!
 

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I use simple $5, battery operated, toothbrushes from the grocery store or walmart.

I like them because the head of the brush moves...so I can place it on a tooth and the brush head does the work....
I have had one brush head ruined when the dog bite down and crunched the head...not big deal...tossed it.

I slip the head of the toothbrush between the gumline and lip...
Close the dogs mouth and gentle hold it closed..(otherwise the dog just tries to chomp on the head of the brush)
Move from tooth to tooth...
 

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I use simple $5, battery operated, toothbrushes from the grocery store or walmart.

I like them because the head of the brush moves...so I can place it on a tooth and the brush head does the work....
I have had one brush head ruined when the dog bite down and crunched the head...not big deal...tossed it.

I slip the head of the toothbrush between the gumline and lip...
Close the dogs mouth and gentle hold it closed..(otherwise the dog just tries to chomp on the head of the brush)
Move from tooth to tooth...
This is exactly what I do. :)
 

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Hmmm, I admit I haven't been very successful with regular toothbrushes. Max fights me and I don't make much progress. I've been hoping that simply getting the enzymatic toothpaste back there is better than nothing, even if I can't brush thoroughly. Don't your dogs fight the toothbrush? (Max is even afraid of the liquid spray I use to break down plaque.) Any tips?
 

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Mine love teeth cleaning but I hadn't considered using an electric brush on them. I dropped mine in the bath a while ago and Willow barked at it as it buzzed around!
 

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I use simple $5, battery operated, toothbrushes from the grocery store or walmart.

I like them because the head of the brush moves...so I can place it on a tooth and the brush head does the work....
I have had one brush head ruined when the dog bite down and crunched the head...not big deal...tossed it.

I slip the head of the toothbrush between the gumline and lip...
Close the dogs mouth and gentle hold it closed..(otherwise the dog just tries to chomp on the head of the brush)
Move from tooth to tooth...
Do you use a children size or adult size?

What a great idea!
 

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I have used an electric toothbrush and find it far superior in removing plaque and tarter; I had one golden that really didn't like nylabones or chew toys and she had a tendency to build up tarter on her teeth. The electric toothbrush worked great, far better than the regular toothbrush.

I am getting my new golden used to the electric toothbrush by just brushing her teeth with it, without turning the motor on for now; she's young and she's a pretty healthy chewer so she doesn't have any plaque build up. I like the fact that with the "feel" of the electric toothbrush, I'm able to brush along the gumline and toughen up the gums. If I skip a couple of days, I can see a difference as there is bleeding--it just goes to show that just like people, dogs need to have teeth and gums brushed daily too for optimum health.
 

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Don't your dogs fight the toothbrush? (Max is even afraid of the liquid spray I use to break down plaque.) Any tips?
Our dogs actually don't mind getting their teeth brushed that much at all. We do it 4-5 times a week. Our GSD is so used to it and she just sits still while we do her teeth. She seems to like the poultry flavored toothpaste. Tucker used to hate it, but he has gotten much, much better with it over the past few months. With him, I just hold his mouth closed while I brush to keep him from moving around too much. I'm hoping that this battery powered brush will be much more effective than the regular toothbrush. I'm very anxious to try it!
 
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