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Chewing is very important for your dogs oral and mental health. It keeps his teeth clean, his body exercised and his mind occupied. Having your dog chew on a toy is also important to prevent behavior problems and chewing on inappropriate objects. A dog that has chewed for 30 minutes is busy, contented and more apt to take a nap than steal your wallet! However, everything your dog puts in his or her mouth has a potential for harm. He or she could break a tooth, choke, become allergic, get some sort of infection, have trouble with digestion, and probably more things we haven't even thought of! Despite these risks, we believe that allowing your dog to chew on a variety of objects is a natural behavior that is important for your dog to engage in. In fact, not giving your dog a variety of chews will probably result in your dog finding it's own chews (i.e. your furniture, your shoes, sticks, rocks).

Consider the following five dental chews to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh!

ra-Clens Oral Hygiene Chews clean your dog's teeth, prevent plaque and tartar buildup while making their breath smell fresh. Dog owners love them because it is a time saver when brushing can’t be done. These dental chews have a texture that is abrasive enough to scrub your dog’s teeth which effectively removes plaque and tartar buildup.

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Dental chews are also recommended for keeping your dogs teeth clean. They can take the place of daily brushing and most dogs love them. There are hundreds of different types of chews, but almost all of them have teeth-cleaning properties. The act of chewing actually benefits your dog’s oral health, in and of itself, regardless of what is being chewed on. The gnawing scrapes plaque off your dog’s teeth, and many all-natural treats made from meat contain enzymes that help promote dental health. Chews like cow ears, bully sticks, and chicken strips are a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy. If you’re looking for something without any calories, there are many long-lasting rubber or nylon chews that do the job, as well.

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The problem with letting a dog’s teeth get heavily tartared is that it leads to gingivitis and diseased, infected gums that travels through the entire body, causing other health problems.
Have you tried the peanut butter or chicken flavored enzymatic toothpastes? Are you using a toothbrush? While the best would be to have her teeth cleaned professionally, you could try something like Proden Plaque Off. I bought it on Amazon. I have had good luck with it. Giving other chews like a bully stick, cow ear, etc. would help.

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