Treatment Type: Foods and Treats
Rated for: Shiba Inu
Posted Jan. 9, 2018
Contrary to popular belief, mostly peddled by the producers themselves, kibble doesn't reduce tartar formation. Idea behind it is that when dogs crush specially designed kibble the hard surface of it rubs the plaque of teeth. First problem with this is that dogs don't really chew like us, at most they will crush few pieces of kibble and swallow the rest.
Second problem is that kibble is full of starch (50-60% of it is carbohydrate, mostly starch) and starch is basically a glue (people used to make glue out of starch, especially for fixing shoes). Sticky substances like starch, fat, sugars combined with saliva is what causes dental plaque in the first place.
So this idea is wrong on many levels.
Nothing can replace brushing and ultrasonic cleaning in proper dental hygiene, some products might reduce the frequency of cleaning but still you need to either brush your dogs teeth (best choice) or take it to a vet at least once a year for ultrasonic cleaning and teeth polishing.