Treatment Type: Foods and Treats
Rated for: Maltese
Posted Jan. 9, 2018
First of all not all dogs (or humans) have the same susceptibility to tartar formation. It depends on jaw and teeth anatomy, enamel, diet, behavior etc.
So if your friend told you they use only these and their dogs teeth are perfectly clean, they're probably willfully blind and haven't checked the molar teeth which are usually most affected by tartar or their dog isn't very susceptible to tartar formation. In my practice I've seen dogs that were never brushed, never used any of these treats and have perfect teeth at the age of 15 or just a little bit of tartar on molar teeth, and I've also extracted 15 teeth from dogs at the age of 3-4 because they were destroyed by tartar. So don't rely on these, best thing you can do for your dogs dental, and thus overall health is regular tooth brushing, and take them to the vet at least once a year for dental checkup, sometimes even with regular brushing some subgingival tartar will form, and needs to be cleaned.
If you want some chewable for teeth cleaning, in my experience large beef bones are best. I give them to my dog like once a week, usually head of the femur (thighbone) which she can chew, eat the cartilage and remaining meat, but wont crush and eat the bone. She has at least two hours of fun with it, some food and cleans her teeth a bit, it's a win win win. Once again this doesn't replace the need for teeth brushing/cleaning, it may reduce the frequency but you should brush anyway!