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"Your pet should have an annual anesthetized dental treatment starting at 1 1/2 to 2 years of age to fully evaluate the mouth, obtain dental x-rays, and clean above and below her gum line," Dr. Riback says.
Smaller breeds tend to require cleaning more often because their teeth are crowded closer together. Also, compared with larger dogs, smaller dogs usually aren't as fond of chew toys, which may clean teeth as they work on them.
Every pet is different, but an x-ray every 2 to 3 years should be sufficient if she does not have a history of dental problems. If she does, get x-rays yearly.