Part #3 - Dental Chews
Dogs have a primal need to chew and giving them a dental chew will not only satisfy that urge but can also provide dental benefits too. Dogs that actively chew have less plaque build up.
Dental chews are a great addition to the overall dental care, but they shouldn’t be used to replace brushing their teeth. I’ve lined up some various dental chews in this picture. The far left is called a Tartar Buster and it’s made from a cow’s knee cap. This is the least likely of all bones to splinter. Once your dog has chewed the meat off the bone, they literally grind their teeth on the bone, thus scraping away tartar. The next one is a chewable toothpaste made by Ark Naturals. In the middle is a dental stick made by Whimzees; the ridges are great for getting between their teeth. Second from the right is a Greenie. I’m a fan of the far right treat, called Plaque Busters by Crumps. I like these because they are a very healthy option - they’re made from finely ground oyster shells and sweet potatoes. Always check the ingredient list when picking a dental chew and choose a size that suits your dog.
Keep in mind that natural chews are also a great option, even if it isn’t specifically called a dental chew. Natural chews are typically a healthier option. Some of these include tracheas, bully sticks, cow ears or raw bones.
Are you eating a certain brand of dental sticks?
Ps: thanks to @mrgibbyg for my lovely llama bandana!!