5 of the Best Toys for Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth
Whether you're a dog or human, a visit to the dentist is never a fun time. Brushing your pup's teeth as often as possible is essential to preventing dental disease, but toys can also do a lot to help. "Really, what is important is the physical removal of that soft plaque layer off the surface of the tooth before it hardens into calculus," says Dr. Naomi Hoyer, an assistant professor of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at Colorado State University. While it is not as effective as actually brushing their teeth, chew toys help rub off some of that soft plaque.
That's not to say that all toys are good for a dog's teeth—some of them can actually be quite harmful. Anything that is hard enough that you can't indent the toy with your thumb is probably too hard and can cause tooth fractures. Hoyer specifically cautions against antlers and animal bones. "Despite the fact that dogs love to chew on them, they very frequently result in tooth fracture," she says.
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