In this article, Professor Nick Jeffery, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), our Official Scientific Journal, highlights a paper that may have an impact on the health and welfare of a huge number of dogs... A study by Allan et al compares the ability of tooth brushing, a specialty dental diet and everyday dental chews to minimise recurrence of plaque after dogs have had a veterinary tooth cleaning session. The outcome defined tooth brushing as superior to the other methods and, because of the careful design, there is little reason to doubt the face value of the results. “This study is an impressive example of how it is possible to carry out high quality clinically-relevant research in primary care practice,” says Nick Jeffery. “It provides very strong evidence in favour of recommending tooth brushing following veterinary dental cleaning.”
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