Oral health benefits of a daily dental chew in dogs

J Vet Dent. 2013 Summer;30(2):84-7. doi: 10.1177/089875641303000203.


An independent study was conducted to determine and quantify the oral care benefits of a daily edible dental chew in dogs as measured by plaque and calculus control, gingival indices, and oral malodor. A "clean mouth" test model was used comparing a commercial dry diet and a commercial dry diet plus one dental chew per day. The dental chew tested was representative of a retail canine dental chew. The test dental chew was a green-colored dental dog chew with a flexible texture that can be readily chewed by dogs. They are made with a knuckle bone shape on one end and a toothbrush shape on the other end. Sixty adult dogs were allocated in either control or test groups based on plaque stratification and studied for 28-days. The test group (30 dogs) received a dry diet and 1 dental chew each day. The control group (30 dogs) received the same dry diet only. At the end of the study, measurements of plaque and calculus accumulation and evaluations of oral malodor and gingival heath were performed. Adding a dental chew to the diet resulted in statistically significant reductions in plaque and calculus accumulation, and oral malodor while improving gingival indices.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Dental Calculus / prevention & control
  • Dental Calculus / veterinary
  • Dental Deposits / prevention & control
  • Dental Deposits / veterinary*
  • Dental Plaque / prevention & control
  • Dental Plaque / veterinary
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Dog Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gingivitis / prevention & control
  • Gingivitis / veterinary*
  • Halitosis / prevention & control
  • Halitosis / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Oral Hygiene / instrumentation
  • Oral Hygiene / veterinary*
  • Oral Hygiene Index
  • Periodontal Index