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I wish I had a miracle solution to offer you for Kerry, but once there is significant tartar buildup, that stuff is like concrete on the tooth. Chewing on appropriate dental bones/treats is probably the only thing other than a professional cleaning that will get this off. There may be a reason she is not chewing. Her teeth may be diseased, infected and painful. Once we have that much calculus buildup, it usually signals significant infection is going on and the need for a professional cleaning with your vet.
Options to control the infection other than antibiotics include use of a solution you put into the drinking water such as C.E.T. Aquadent or use of an oral rinse such as C.E.T. Oral Hygiene rinse or Clenzadent rinse. These can help, but not entirely clear, the bacterial infection associated with the calculus and help to slightly improve breath.
I do not advocate dental wipes. These do nothing. Brushing the teeth remains the best possible activity to try to strengthen and improve gingival health.
The most important next step for Kerry is going to be a visit to see her veterinarian and discuss a dental cleaning.
Please do not stress about feeding canned food. We have been unable to link accumulation of tartar/calculus definitively with canned food. Certainly it is stickier and if you are not brushing her teeth regularly (daily) then tartar and plaque will buildup.
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