Dental Chews Help Improve Oral Hygiene

Dental hygiene is more than clean teeth and bad breath control. Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene helps prevent periodontal disease and preserves their overall quality of life. Learn more on our blog. While toothbrushing is the best way to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth, it may not be easy with our busy schedules. Dental chews can help improve oral hygiene at home between regular exams and cleanings.

Here at VetRxDirect, we carry a large variety of dental health solutions. We would like to highlight some new dental chews that will help keep those mouths clean, fresh, and healthy.

Grinders Dental Chews

Grinders Dental Chews at VetRxDirectGrinders Dental Chews help keep your dog’s teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene. They help reduce bacteria in the mouth as well as plaque and tartar formation on the teeth and gums with a proprietary blend of ingredients. Grinders are designed as a tasty treat for your dog and are great as a part of a dental health routine. They contain natural peppermint flavor and parsley to help fight bad breath. Grinders have a hypoallergenic formula with low sodium content and are wheat and gluten free.

Clenz-a-dent Breakables

Clenz-a-dent Chews at VetRxDirectBreakables Clenz-a-dent chews area an easy way to clean your dog’s teeth. The beef rawhide’s abrasive texture helps clean the teeth and are designed to break apart as your dog chews. They have a dual enzyme coating that helps reduce the formation of plaque and tartar in the mouth and freshens breath. The chicken flavored coating makes these and an irresistible dental treat.


EZ-Clenz Dental Chews

Ez-Clenz Dental Chews at VetRxDirectEZ-Clenz dental chews help keep your you dog’s dental health in check. These tasty beef hide chews feature a blend of enzymes to clean teeth and prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. E-Z Clenz works to clean teeth and freshen your dog’s breath as they chew.



CET Veggiedent F3ESH Chews

CET Veggiedent Chews at VetRxDirectCET VeggieDENT FR3SH Chews are a vegetable-based chew that reduce plaque buildup and tartar. The z-shape chews scrub your dog’s teeth when they bite down, and freshen breath. They include beneficial prebiotics to support proper digestion and maintain gut health. Made with plant-based ingredients and do not contain animal protein, wheat gluten, artificial or GMO ingredients.

Dental Health Tips and Solutions For Dogs and Cats

Has your dentist ever told you to brush or floss your teeth more? We may need reminders here and there, but keep in mind that dental hygiene is also a very important part of your dog or cat’s overall health and wellness. Dental problems can also be the source of other health conditions. Periodontal disease is the most common oral condition in dogs and cats. It starts with plaque, a sticky film made of bacteria that covers the surface of the teeth. When plaque is not removed and allowed to build up, it hardens into tartar, which can cause gum inflammation and prompt infections. Poor oral hygiene is more than bad breath, it can lead to painful mouth conditions and make eating difficult. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so teeth are the topic, and we have some helpful tips to keep your dog and cat healthy and happy.


Get In Charge of Dental Health

  • The first step is to talk to your veterinarian. During an exam, they will look at your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of plaque or tartar buildup, as well as detect problems. They will recommend a regimen based on your pet’s age, general health, and the condition of their teeth. X-rays and regular teeth cleanings are a common treatment plan for dental wellness and diseases. Learn more.
  • Start an at-home regimen as early as you can. If you have a puppy or kitten, get them accustomed to having gum massages. When their adult teeth come in, they’ll be more accepting of regular tooth brushing -One of the best ways to remove plaque.
  • Choose the best pet oral hygiene products. Talk to your veterinarian about which dental health supplies, chews, and supplements are right for your pet and how to use them. These can help you maintain your pets dental health at home between visits or cleaning, and may help prevent the formation of oral diseases.
  • Commit to your plan. Stay on schedule and follow through with the plans for the best long-term dental care.

Dental Health Care Products

VetRxDirect has a wide selection of dental care products for both dogs and cats. Check out these favorites:

Vetradent at VetRxDirectVetradent reduces bacteria in the mouth responsible for plaque and tartar formation. It is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless liquid that contains Biotrate technology to break through bacterial biofilm in the mouth. Vetradent also eliminates bad breath and maintains the dental pH balance. Use Vetradent Water Additive to fresh water, or Vetradent Spray directly on the teeth and gumline.


1-TDC at VetRxDirect1-TDC, TetraDecanol Complex, is an esterified fatty acid oil that naturally supports healthy gum tissue and helps reduce the risk of periodontal disease in dogs and cats. It also works to support the health and function of your pet’s joints to keep them active and mobile.



Oratene at VetRxDirect

Oratene dental care products contain a patented enzymatic system with antifungal and antibacterial properties. Use Oratene Drinking Water Additive for a brushless oral solution that removes plaque and reduces odor-causing bacteria. Antiseptic Oral Gel helps treat mouth infections. Brush with Oratene Toothpaste to eliminate plaque and bacteria. Breath Freshener soothes dry mouth, cleans, and refreshes.


DuoClenz Dental Chews at VetRxDirectDuoClenz chews keep your dog’s teeth clean and their breath fresh. They have a special enzyme coating and abrasive texture to make contact with the tooth surface while preventing plaque and tartar buildup. Each chew is made from cooked beef rawhide and has a tasty poultry flavor that dogs love.


Bad Breath in Pets

We all love special kisses from our furry friends, but when your pet has bad breath, those kisses can be a little unpleasant. You benefit from good dental health by ridding your pet’s breath of odors and preventing your pet from getting oral diseases. There are many ways to keep up your pet’s oral hygiene, and using a combination of ways can provide the best benefit. This article can help you create a proper dental hygiene program for your pet.

Bad Breath in Pets - Dog Chewing Toothbrush

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Brushing is Best for Bad Breath in Pets

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the invasive part of a dental hygiene plan, but it cleans your pet’s teeth the most effectively. Most dogs will eventually accept teeth brushing if they are rewarded properly, but some cats teeth may always be difficult to brush. Never force your pet to brush their teeth because it can be frightening for them and they may be experiencing tooth pain. Brushing your pet’s teeth removes disease causing plaque, freshens breath, and helps clean their gums.

The first part of brushing your pet’s teeth is gathering the right supplies. There are special toothbrushes for pets, designed to cover all three sides of their teeth for maximum cleanliness. There are some regular sized toothbrushes and small ones designed for small dogs and cats. Some toothbrushes are actually finger-brushes and resemble finger cots placed over your finger to brush their teeth with. Most veterinarians recommend brushing your pets teeth frequently, which usually is several times per week. Your veterinarian should give you a specific frequency for your pet because they will best know their dental health.

Human toothpaste should never be used because it can be too abrasive. There are several types of veterinary toothpaste available. Some are specifically labeled for tartar control if your pet is prone to tartar buildup. There are many flavors too; some of our flavors we carry at VetRxDirect include poultry, peanut butter, seafood, vanilla mint and beef. These flavors make brushing your pet’s teeth more enticing for them and easier for you.

How to brush your pet’s teeth:

  1. Make sure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste ready and your pet is calm and relaxed.
  2. Place a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush bristles.
  3. Gently get your pet to open their mouth. A great way to do this is let them smell the toothpaste and they will likely want to open their mouth to eat it.
  4. Gently place the toothbrush into your pet’s mouth and brush their teeth like you would your own, working from back to front.
  5. Keep reassuring your pet and praise them for good behavior
  6. Once you are finished it would be a good idea to give them a treat or other reward, so they associate teeth brushing with positive rewards.

Rinse for Bad Breath in Pets

When brushing isn’t feasible or between brushing, using a mouth rinse can be beneficial for your pet. Rinsing, too, can help with plaque buildup and especially bad breath odor. Most of the oral rinses contain chlorhexidine which is an antibacterial agent to reduce the buildup of odor causing bacteria.  There is some variation in mouth rinses for pets because some are added to their water daily for them to drink and others are for use directly into their mouth. The water additives are all liquids and will help with daily cleaning of your pet’s mouth each time they drink.

The rinses for direct oral use are usually liquid solutions, but VetRxDirect does carry gels too. The advantage of gel is its use directly in the mouth; You use the applicator to squeeze a small amount of gel onto the teeth and gums, and it is distributed through your pet’s teeth itself. Other oral rinses can be applied to gauze or to a toothbrush and be applied to the teeth. Some of the liquid oral rinses can be squirted directly into the mouth too. Each product is quite different for the oral rinses, so be sure to thoroughly read the directions and ask your veterinarian any questions you have.

Chews for Bad Breath in Pets

           Dogs are naturally meat eaters and wild dogs kept their teeth clean by chewing meat and bones. Our dogs can also benefit from a similar mechanism, and there are many different chews available to help with oral health. Some have chlorhexidine in them as well to kill odor causing bacteria. Most of the chews are formulated with ingredients to brush off plaque on the teeth or are shaped in ways to clean off plaque. These are the easiest way to clean your pet’s teeth because they love the taste of chews, but they aren’t as effective. However, dental chews can be a great addition to a dental hygiene routine. The caveat to dental chews is the need to monitor your pet while they chew them because there is always a risk of choking.

The whole process:

           Together teeth brushing, rinsing, and providing dental chews can be a great combination for a winning smile in your pet. Your pet will benefit from having healthy teeth to help prevent disease and tooth decay. Not to mention how you’ll love having fresh kisses from your pet! This oral hygiene plan is just an idea and doesn’t replace your veterinarian’s special orders for your pet. Talk with them about what products they recommend and how often they want you to practice it.

What dental hygiene products do you use on your pets? Leave a Reply below. Thank you.