How I Remove Plaque From My Dog’s Teeth

Besides brushing my dog’s teeth regularly, I also make sure his teeth is free from plaque.

Chester has his teeth scaled once (during his first aural hematoma surgery). Yup the vet did both scaling and hematoma surgery at one go. She told me he was gritting his teeth during scaling (in semi-conscious state). Though the result is a pretty clean teeth (still a bit yellowish) I don’t think it’s worth the effort to have him go through such an episode again. If you read Chester’s first aural hematoma surgery post you’ll get the drill.

Few years back, I found a way to remove plaque from my dog’s teeth using a simple tool found in almost every home.

Are you ready to see what it is?

It’s a stainless steel nail file (use for manicure/pedicure).

In fact this is my very favorite nail file. Since my dog is using it now, I haven’t found a good nail file ever since. Bought those from pharmacy (e.g. Guardian) which bleeds my fingers. Blah!

Anyway back to the story.

You just can’t simply use a nail file on your dog’s teeth. First and most important rule is make sure the nail file doesn’t have sharp end and side that can hurt your dog’s gum and teeth. Get a good quality one. Mine was made in Japan. Second, make sure your dog allow you to use the nail file to remove his plaque. Try a few times and if your dog resisted, then it’s a no go.

I’m lucky that my dog trusted me. He’ll just lie down and let me pick at the plaque. No treats whatsoever. Yes seriously. Here I’m just doing a demo. Hahaha But then after placing the camera down, I thought what the heck? Just remove his plaque la since it’s been quite awhile.

So this is the plaque that I removed from my dog’s teeth.

Damn good boy! Happy dog, happy owner hahaha πŸ™‚

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  • Reply tekkaus March 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Kesian chester. Haha πŸ˜€ Who ask him not to brush his teeth? :p

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      It’s the owner’s fault lo. Sometimes the owner is too lazy to brush his teeth. πŸ˜›

  • Reply Constance Ant March 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    the man recently adopted a doggie from PAWS. we realized that she has these yellow plague on her teeth. guess we need to do something on it besides feeding her the green thingy which said is to clean her teeth wo

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      That’s good to know. Bravo to your man!
      Bring the doggie to vet for a thorough check-up and scaling. I’ve tried greenies and it doesn’t work on my dog. Expensive some more.

  • Reply Dawn March 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Wow, that’s is cool. Chase does not like brushing his teeth ever since he was a pup. I kept giving him rawhides…helps a little πŸ™

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Cool ya. Hahaha
      Have you tried other flavour toothpaste? Maybe he doesn’t like beef/pork flavour but instead he likes vanilla or mint. Can try and see. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Swee San @ The Sweet Spot March 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

    vets do scalings for dogs also ah? aiyo need to do for my dogs..

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Yup but they need to put your dog in general anesthetic. Try my way and see which is easy and save the trouble. Not all dog can handle anesthetic well especially old dogs.

  • Reply keeyit April 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I also need to get my own plaque out too.. time to visit dentist.

    • Reply Che-Cheh April 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I just visited the scary dentist. Hahaha

  • Reply jam April 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Wow! Removing plaque from Chester’s teeth! I dare not to do it on my own dog.

    • Reply Che-Cheh April 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I didn’t know you have a dog. Do show your dog’s photo in your blog.
      Why you don’t dare? Coz he’s ferocious? Hehe

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