Dental care is very important in our four legged-friends. The best way to keep your pet’s teeth white and sparkling clean is to brush their teeth daily (or several times a week if possible). The brushing action allows breakup of dental tartar on the teeth and many enzymatic veterinary approved toothpastes aid in tartar breakup as well. The problem is that maintaining a routine of oral hygiene for some dogs and cats can be a difficult or nearly impossible task.
To better understand the benefit of these chews, let me first explain the fundamentals of dental disease. Dental disease or periodontal disease refers to the health of the teeth (above and below the gum line), gums, and bone surrounding the teeth. When dogs eat, bacteria attach to the teeth and form plaque. Saliva and food supply nutrients for the bacteria to proliferate. This in turn causes bad breath and can cause a white/yellow biofilm on the teeth. Over time (within 72 hours), this plaque mineralizes and forms a yellow or brown hard substance on the teeth called calculus or tartar. Tartar won’t come off with brushing; it needs to be removed manually by a veterinarian. Both plaque and calculus formation can lead to bad breath and disease of the gums.
Oravet dental chews are moderately firm and help to break down plaque and clean the teeth as your dog chews. The leading ingredient, delmopinol, creates a barrier to protect against plaque, calculus build up, and bad breath. These chews do contain grain and soy, so they may not be appropriate for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Also, if your dog has any loose teeth, these chews should not be used because they could cause trauma to the loose teeth. Some dogs have been reported to have green stools due to the alfalfa in the chews. However, besides the shocking color, this has not caused any problems. Ask your veterinarian today if Oravet Dental Chews are right for your dog!