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Do Dog Dental Chews Work?

Posted on 09.11.2023

Do Dog Dental Chews Work?

When it comes to our furry friends, their health and well-being are extremely important. While we often focus on their physical fitness and nutrition, we might overlook a crucial aspect of their overall health: dental hygiene! Just like humans, dogs can suffer from dental issues, which is why many pet owners turn to dental chews as a solution. But do these treats really work and are they a worthwhile addition to your pet’s routine?

Types of Dog Dental Chews

Let's explore the various types of chews available. Dog dental chews come in a range of shapes, sizes, and ingredients - making it easier to find one that suits your pet’s preferences and needs

  • "Mechanical” Chews: These types of chews are often designed to be a bit more abrasive, helping to scrape off plaque and tartar as your dog chews on them. Brands like Nylabone and Benebone use hard materials like nylon to help remove debris from your pet’s teeth. These chews are not edible (but are digestible in case your pup eats some of the shavings) and typically have flecks of flavor like chicken, bacon, and peanut butter. These chews are a great option for hard chews since they are a lot tougher than an edible chew. 

  • Edible chews: Edible dental chews are made from natural ingredients and often contain enzymes to help break down plaque and freshen your dog’s breath. They come in various flavors and are a great mid-day snack for your furry friend (while also being health-conscious!). Other chews, like no-hide, beef cheek, and bully sticks, are also amazing options for our pickier pups. They taste amazing and the act of chewing helps break down any plaque or buildup that might be present.

  • Brushing Chews: Some dental chews, like Greenies or Whimzees are designed to mimic toothbrushes. These chews have bristle-like textures that help reach crevices - helping to clean teeth effectively. Raw bones are another amazing alternative to help keep teeth clean and breath fresh. Primal Raw bones help promote dental health white also being an amazing source of protein and fat.

Do Dog Dental Chews Work?

The short answer is - Yes! However, the effectiveness of a dental chew varies depending on the type and brand of the chew as well how often they are given. In no way are dental chews going to 100% prevent possible dental hygiene issues, but they can help! Dog dental chews help to remove plaque and tartar on dog’s teeth. Dogs lack the enzyme amylase, which is present in saliva to prevent buildup. Over time, the act of chewing can lead to a cleaner and healthier mouth. Many dog dental chews also contain ingredients (like mint), which can help freshen your pup’s breath. While chews are great for dental hygiene they also provide entertainment and mental stimulation. This can be particularly beneficial to dogs prone to boredom or anxiety.

How Often Should You Use Dog Dental Chews?

Using dental chews effectively requires consistency and moderation. Most chews are designed to be used anywhere from multiple times a week to daily. However, edible chews do have calories, so make sure to not provide them too often, as it could lead to weight gain. If you would prefer not to supply chews daily, pick up a product like Tropiclean’s Fresh Breath Oral Care Gel. This gel is an easy to use toothpaste alternative to ensure fresh breath and a healthier mouth. 

The Benefits of Taking Care of your Dog’s Dental Hygiene

Regular dental care can help prevent dental diseases such as periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss or pain for your pet. Good dental hygiene also contributes to your dog’s overall health. Dental Issues sometimes lead to infections which can affect other parts of your pet. By taking care of your dog’s dental health, you can help them live a happy, healthy life! 

In conclusion, dog dental chews can be a valuable tool in maintaining your furry friend's oral health. However, we understand that there are a lot of options to choose from. Stop into your local Treats Unleashed and speak to a trained professional who can help you choose from our selection of dental chews.

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