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Tooth brushing inhibits oral bacteria in dogs

OPEN The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science | 23 May 2015

K Watanabe, K Hayashi, S Kijima, C Nonaka and K Yamazoe
Abstract
In this study, scaling, polishing and daily tooth brushing were performed in 20 beagle dogs, and the number of oral bacteria was determined using a bacterial counter. The dogs were randomized into the scaling (S), scaling + polishing (SP), scaling + tooth daily brushing (SB) and scaling + polishing + tooth daily brushing (SPB) groups. Samples were collected from the buccal surface of the maxillary fourth premolars of the dogs immediately after scaling and every week thereafter from weeks 1 to 8. Throughout the study, the number of bacteria was significantly lower in the SB and SPB groups compared with the S group. The findings suggest that daily tooth brushing inhibited oral bacterial growth in the dogs.
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Bacterial cell structure, Beagle, Bacteria, Bacteriology, Evolution, Microbiology
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