How Will My Dog’s Teeth Get Clean With a Soft Food?

Kibble Doesn’t Clean Teeth – That is a Myth!

Contrary to popular belief, kibble doesn’t actually clean the teeth. For the most part, dogs (and some cats) actually swallow their kibble whole and don’t chew their food at all. You’ll know this if you’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing your pet regurgitate his kibble, when those pellets come back up the same way they went in! This means the pellets don’t have a chance to come into much contact with the teeth, and even if they were to be crunched, they aren’t really hard enough to have an abrasive action that’s effective enough to scrape tartar from the teeth. If kibble is chewed (which may happen in some smaller dogs and cats) the sugars and refined carbohydrates are actually more likely to get impacted into the gum line, which is detrimental for the long term health of the teeth and mouth.

If you are concerned about your pet’s dental health, here are a few options:

  • offering raw marrow bones (which are also very nutritious!)
  • natural deer antlers
  • rope or safe rubber toys if your dog likes to chew on them
  • seeking out a local professional or vet office who offer gentle dental cleanings

Tips from The Honest Kitchen Community

Does your pup have pearly whites? Tell us about it! Your tips and tricks might a great source of inspiration for others. Sound off in the comments section below.

Meet the Author: Brandy Vachal

Brandy Vachal Moore is a dog mom to three pint-sized dogs: Donnatella the Maltese, Ernie the Yorkie-Maltese mix and Rico the Chihuahua. When she’s not defending her personal space from three dogs who know no boundaries. Brandy enjoys anything fitness related, traveling, hiking, and being outdoors in the San Diego sunshine. She loves all things social media and journalism and has worked for The Honest Kitchen for the past 5 years.

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