Dog Dental Food: Is It Really Necessary?

Dog dental food meets standards set by the American Veterinary Dental Society for the support of dog dental health. However, no dog food can substitute diligent dental care. Does My Dog Need Dental Food? Dog dental food may be used to supplement a dental care regimen. Puppies should receive a veterinary dental exam at every vaccination and adult dogs should receive one every year. Dog dental food alone cannot provide the same benefits as daily tooth brushing, because it can't remove plaque and tartar from the gum line. Most kibble foods provide some plaque-prevention benefits because they are dry and abrasive. If your dog is young and you are following a proper dental care regimen, your dog may not need dog dental food. When Might My Dog Need Dental Food? Your dog may need dental food if he ever suffers from dental disease. Your vet can make this diagnosis and recommend appropriate food. What Are The Signs of Dog Dental Disease? Signs of dog dental disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Cracked, broken, loose or missing teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of appetite
If you notice any of these signs, see your vet. He may recommend dental food as part of your dog's therapy.