Allie is a 6 year old female Maltese, 7 pounds. She had her first professional dental cleaning at 3 years of age (2015) and had one tooth removed. I notice that for Allie she has a lot of plaque build up on her teeth regardless of brushing. I try to brush her teeth about once per week but that isn’t enough for her. 13 months later (2016) I took her in again and they had to pull one of her front teeth because it was loose from gum disease. She went yesterday and they extracted 10 teeth. I was devastated! In addition to brushing all my dogs teeth once a week they only eat dry dog food which is better for their teeth and I give them dental chews/sticks once a week. Let’s face it some dogs just have bad teeth more so than some and Allie is one of those that needs more attention and frequency than my others. I encourage everyone to check their pets teeth once a week if not more than that. I alternate between brushing with dental toothpaste to using a jell toothpaste that I rub on with my fingers. For many of my Maltese this routine and frequency works for most and their dental discharge notes are not as detrimental as for my sweet Allie.