Originally Posted by cloud_shade
Unfortunately, toothpastes won't remove existing tartar and won't help with decay. All they can do is remove plaque that hasn't hardened yet. I personally prefer C.E.T. brand toothpastes.
Have you spoken to your vet about teeth cleaning for your cat? Most vets have safer anesthetics available to them now than they had years ago. Unless your cat has other health risks, getting his teeth cleaned would likely be very beneficial. Diseased teeth can allow bacteria into the bloodstream. Odo is also about 15 and has had two dentals in the past year. He had no problems with the anesthesia, and the vet was able to remove his broken and damaged teeth. I still brush his teeth to keep them from getting tartar coated again and to increase the time between dentals.
The ONLY way to get clean teeth is a DENTAL... which I agree TALK to the vet ( pm me if you need help I know it is tough
)... Kandie had dental s till she was 18 , three of them during her CRF yrs ... AFTER a dental there are things like the chews or pastes to assist in reducing the plaque... Plaque is NOT hard TARTER IS the vet had to REMOVE the TARTER ... Taater can result in infections and possible heat lung and blood stream damage