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Best Dental Chews for Dogs To Give Your Dog A Pearly White Smile

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Puppy chewing on dental stick: Best Dental Chews for DogsYou walk in the door after a long day of work and your dog jumps on you and gives you all the puppy kisses in the world. How sweet, but man does her breath stink! She’s trying to show you how much she missed you but you are not enjoying the affection because she needs a mint fast! Thankfully, dog dental chews can help with this! Not only can they freshen your pup’s breath, they can also help with gum health and reduce plaque and tartar build up.

Before You Give Dental Chews for Dogs

Make sure there is always fresh drinking water available when you give your dog one of these treats. Also, be sure to monitor your dog and don’t leave her alone while she’s eating a treat in case she bites off too large of a chunk and has difficulties.

Best Dental Chews for Dogs: Greenies vs Dentastix

Two of the best dental treats for dogs are Greenies and Pedigree’s Dentastix, but which one is better? We compared these dog dental chews against one another. Which one do we think is better? Honestly, we think they’re both great and they came out being equals, which is why they are tied for Best Dental Chews for Dogs. Would love to know what you think in the comments below. But, here are our reviews.

Greenies Dental Dog Treats and Dog Chew Review

Greenie's Dental Dog TreatsView on Amazon

These Greenies dental sticks for dogs help fight plaque and tartar build up to keep your dog’s oral hygiene in check. If she loves to give you lots of kisses you’ll like these too since they help with bad breath. These natural dog chews are low-fat and include vitamins to keep your pup healthy.

Pros

Cons

  • Available in teenie, petite, regular, large and jumbo
  • Helps fight plaque and tartar build up
  • Helps with bad breath
  • Made in the USA
  • Not for dogs under 5 pounds
  • Not gluten-free (not a con if your dog isn’t gluten intolerant)

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Dog Dental Health Matters

This video from Greenies has some stats that show us why it’s important to give our dogs dental chews.

Pedigree Dentastix Dental Dog Treats Review

Pedigree DentastixView on Amazon

The Pedigree Dentastix have a patented x shape to help with plaque and tartar build up. They are available in multiple flavors. so hopefully you can find one that your dog loves. For maximum effectiveness, give your dog one treat a day to get that pearly white smile.

Pros

Cons

  • Available in various flavors (bacon, beef, chicken and original)
  • Available in mini and large
  • Reduces plaque and tartar build up and freshens breath
  • Made in the USA
  • Not for dogs under 5 pounds
  • Not gluten-free (not a con if your dog isn’t gluten intolerant)

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32 Large Original Treats –  $8.89

Best Dog Dental Chews Reviews

We reviewed other dog dental treats and below is the information we’ve gathered.

Blue Buffalo | Paragon Whimzees | Virbac C.E.T. | Zuke’s Z-Bones

Blue Buffalo Dental Bones Review

Blue Buffalo Dental BonesView on Amazon

The Blue Buffalo dog dental bones are available in different sizes so your dog isn’t eating a treat the size of her body. (Although we’re sure she wouldn’t mind!) The treats are textured to help soothe her sore gums, which are great for when she is teething. Included is DHA to help with cognitive development, Taurine for a healthy heart and vitamins for her immune system. These chews will not only clean your dog’s teeth but give her fresh breath.

Pros

Cons

  • Available in mini, small, regular and large sizes
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% grain and gluten-free
  • All of Blue Buffalo’s treats are sold on one Amazon page, so make sure you choose the dental chews when you purchase
  • Doesn’t mention prevention of plaque or tartar build up

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Regular 10 oz. –   $11.39

Paragon Whimzees Toothbrush Star Dental Treat for Dogs Review

Paragon WhimzeesView on Amazon

The Paragon Whimzees dog teeth cleaning treats are toothbrush shaped and made of vegetables with no added chemicals. They help freshen your dog’s breath while fighting plaque and tartar build up. These treats are low-fat and high in fiber.

Pros

Cons

  • Available in x-small, small, medium, large and x-large
  • Gluten free and vegetarian
  • Helps control plaque and tartar
  • Helps with bad breath
  • Made in Holland (if you are looking for American-made)
  • Not for dogs under 5 pounds

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Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews Review

Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene ChewsView on Amazon

Virbac’s oral hygiene chews are made using select beef hide. The treats help eliminate and control plaque. They state nothing about freshening the breath. Customer reviews have had some alarming information (checkout the cons).

Pros

Cons

  • Available in small, medium, large and x-large
  • Reduces plaque build up
  • Made in Mexico (if you are looking for American-made)
  • Buyer reviews state that size is inconsistent
  • Pet parents say it causes some dogs to vomit

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Zuke’s Z-Bones Dental Dog Treats Review

Zuke's Z-BonesView on Amazon

Zuke’s Z-Bones dental chews help freshen your dogs breath, polish her teeth and keep her gums healthy. They are available in different flavors and sizes, so you can find a good fit for your pup. Unfortunately, dogs must weigh at least 10 pounds to consume these treats.

Pros

Cons

  • Available in apple, fruit, vegetable, berry and carrot
  • Available in mini, regular, large, giant
  • Made in the USA
  • Grain free
  • Freshens breath and polishes teeth
  • Not for dogs under 10 pounds
  • Doesn’t mention plaque or tartar build up

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  • 18 Clean Carrot Crisp –  $15.11

Are Dog’s Mouths Cleaner Than Human’s?

We’ve all heard it. Dog’s mouths are cleaner than ours. Some of us believe this while others think it’s a bunch of malarkey. Is their saliva “cleaner” than ours? It can be hard to believe since they get into, lick and sometimes eat some not so good things. And, according to this veterinarian it’s not true that dog’s mouths are cleaner, but most of the bacteria found in a dog’s mouth won’t harm humans. So, if you want to give your pup a kiss – go ahead! Just make sure they are up to date on all their shots and parasite control medications.

Do dental chews work on your dog?

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About Kimberly Alt
Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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Catherine
Catherine

Try the Whimzees! My dog loves it and it comes in all shapes and sizes. There are grooves that get into the tough parts of dog’s teeth. These treats are also vegetarian, gmo free, and gluten free. There are no harsh ingredients that should make your dog sick! Look on their website for more info. Honestly, Whimzees are great and trustable!

Pamela Black
Pamela Black

I’ve been giving my dogs Merrick mini brush bones. They are made in America, chicken flavored, grain and gluten free with natural ingredients. The problem I have is that they are packaged in such small bags. I noticed that Greenies offers a large box. I’ve never tried Greenies and wonder how they compare to Merricks.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Pamela, we haven’t reviewed Merricks. Perhaps a reader will see your comment and have some experience to share about how the two compare.

guest
guest

Greenies have made 3 of my dogs sick. When I talked to my vet about them she stated that she does not recommend them because she has seen a lot of dogs having blockage issues with the treats. After seeing what they have caused my dogs, I tell people not to buy them.

The Dog Effect
The Dog Effect

I agree, you can’t beat greenies!

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

Glad you like Greenies! I dog sit for a pup Harry (pictured above) who is obsessed with them too.

Helen
Helen

Greenies contain BHA, a cancer causing preservative. Make sure you read the ingredients label before buying any of these products. It’s a good idea to do some research online as well.

Penny
Penny

Yeah – obessed with the sugary treats.

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