Consulting your veterinarian is a good way to learn which techniques or solutions may be appropriate for your dog. For example, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends regularly brushing your pet’s teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste once a day for routine protection against plaque from food and treats. However, many veterinarians also know that brushing once a day isn’t always feasible for pet parents and can be met with resistance by your pup. That’s why solutions like dental sticks for dogs were developed—so that canines have a fun and effective way to help prevent plaque and gingivitis in-between brushings.
Many dog dental chews are designed to help clean your pup’s teeth as they chew, scraping against their teeth to help remove plaque—even in hard-to-reach places. Some even contain natural ingredients that can help freshen your dog’s breath. If you’d prefer to help clean your pet’s teeth without more food, a dog toothbrush toy can work in much the same way. They are typically textured and molded into fun shapes that can be more enticing to chew on while helping remove plaque in the process.