Effects of a dental food on plaque accumulation and gingival health in dogs

J Vet Dent. 2002 Mar;19(1):15-8. doi: 10.1177/089875640201900102.


Recent studies have demonstrated that typical dry dog foods have significantly less efficacy in reducing accumulation of dental substrates compared to a specifically formulated and processed dental food. This study compared the effects of a typical dry food and a dental food on plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation in dogs during a 6-month period. Daily feeding of the dental food significantly reduced plaque and gingivitis by 39% and 36%, respectively, compared with daily feeding of the typical dry food. Feeding a food that decreases plaque accumulation and reduces gingivitis contributes to canine oral health maintenance.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed*
  • Animals
  • Dental Plaque / pathology
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control
  • Dental Plaque / veterinary*
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Dog Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Gingivitis / pathology
  • Gingivitis / prevention & control
  • Gingivitis / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Oral Hygiene / veterinary
  • Periodontal Index
  • Treatment Outcome