Our Monroe veterinarians explain how to tell if a dog's dental chew is worth buying, which factors we should consider, and the safety tips every dog owner should remember. 

How do dental chews work for dogs?

As dog owners, we understand the importance of maintaining a good oral health routine for our pups to ensure their long-term health. One of the main questions that always comes to mind is, "Are dental chews good for dogs?"

We are always looking for ways to save time. Although tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to prevent our furry friends from getting periodontal disease, tartar buildup, and inflamed gums, they don't always appreciate our efforts.

This has made dog dental chews, sticks, and treats more popular in recent years. Before you get overwhelmed with all the choices, look at these oral healthcare products and determine if they are worth the cost.

Will dog dental chews work for your pet?

The effectiveness of dental chews for dogs is a complex issue. While the crunch of dry kibble can help maintain dental hygiene, it's important to note that dental chews are not a substitute for regular dental cleanings.

They should be seen as a supplement to your dog's oral care routine, similar to how we use sugar-free gum to freshen our breath while brushing our teeth and visiting a professional pet dental care regularly.

Before purchasing dental chews for your dog, there are a few factors to consider regarding their claimed dental health benefits.

  • Be skeptical of claims that certain products are supportive of dental health. 
  • Ensure any chews or treats you give your dog are not too hard, as they can fracture teeth. Antlers, bones, and hooves are likely culprits.
  • Don’t forget to schedule your pet’s routine oral exam and dental cleanings with your vet.
  • Look for long-lasting chew products such as knucklebone, rawhide, nylon, or rubber chew toys (keep a watchful eye on these and toss them if your dogs gnaw them down enough for them to become a choking hazard).

How long should dogs spend chewing?

Allow your dog about 30 minutes of daily chew time to get the maximum benefit from its dental chews.

About Dog Breeds, Teeth, and Oral Health Issues

Does your dog belong to a small breed or have a crowded jaw of teeth? If so, plaque and tartar are more likely to develop in hard-to-reach areas, regardless of how much he chews.

You must use a toothbrush to clean under his gum line and remove the bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease.

Keep in mind that your dog's health can be influenced by his immune system, breed, age, and history, which can affect his likelihood of developing dental problems. Regular checkups with a qualified vet are crucial for your dog's overall health.

Can puppies have dental chews?

Yes, puppies can have dental chews, but choosing the right type and introducing them at the appropriate age is important. Dental chews can benefit puppies by promoting healthy teeth and gums, reducing plaque and tartar buildup, and satisfying their natural chewing instincts.

The Bottom Line

While some doggy dental chews are effective, these aren’t an effective substitute for toothbrushing or professional pet dental care routines for your pup. Keep the other elements of an excellent oral health care routine on your pup’s calendar, and their teeth will stay in good condition.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Does your dog need a routine veterinary exam? Our Monroe vets can check your pet's health to ensure his body and teeth are in good condition. Contact us today.