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If they have gum disease then, of course, that will cause it. Are Shelties prone to gum disease? I know Poodles used to be but I think it has been less common lately. Mind you dogs' diets have improved enormously since God was a boy. The era I am talking about is when all dogs were fed tinned dog food which, of course, would stick around their teeth unless cleaned off in some way. Dentals on Poodles were almost a daily occurrence when I was nursing. Now that dried food is used more than tinned things have improved on that front.
The vet nurses I worked with recently all recommended brushing as the preferred method of cleaning but realised that many people just would not persevere with it. You deserve a Gold Star.
There is a toothpaste that the dog can just be fed. It is supposed to dissolve plaque and freshen breath.
I think you will find that Flagyl is an antibiotic. It will only be prescribed for gum disease and not for preventative purposes.