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Pet Food & Ingredients

Chewing on the Truth: Is Kibble Really Essential for Dental Health?

October 09, 2023 - 1 minute read by Mette Iacovou


Myth: Dogs need kibble for their dental health

Truth: Kibble can increase plaque and tartar

There's a widespread belief that kibble helps maintain your dog's dental hygiene. However, equating kibble to a tooth cleaner is like saying potato chips are beneficial for our oral health – it's simply not true. Most kibble brands are laden with refined carbohydrates which can escalate plaque and tartar formation. Far from promoting dental health, they might be causing more harm.

The good news is that there are several ways to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. For overall dental health, we recommend following a natural approach and feeding a fresh diet, like Dr. Harvey’s. Fresh food diets can be a cornerstone in preventing dental problems such as tartar build-up and foul breath.

Good oral hygiene doesn't stop at mealtime. Regularly brushing your dog's teeth and offering natural chew alternatives play crucial roles too.

A dog eating a cookie

Our top recommendations for natural dental care include:

  • Crunchy veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, and celery
  • Frozen fruits, especially blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries
  • Dr. Harvey’s Sweet Potate’r Chews for a tasty treat
  • Dehydrated chicken or duck feet, trachea, etc.
  • Raw meaty bones for the ultimate chew

These options aren't just tasty treats; they're packed with essential vitamins and minerals. When your dog chews on them, they act as natural toothbrushes, scrubbing away plaque and promoting overall dental health.

Remember dog dental hygiene is paramount for their overall health and wellbeing. Regular brushing, appropriate chews, and periodic dental check-ups can not only prevent these problems but also enhance the quality of life for our pets. Maintaining oral health can lead to longer, healthier lives, ensuring many more moments of joy with our beloved companions.

About The Author

Mette Iacovou

Mette Iacovou is the customer service manager at Dr. Harvey's. Mette has worked in the customer service industry for over 30 years. Mette holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Rutgers University and a Pet Food Nutrition Certification.

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