The Best Dental Chews & Treats For Dogs

Dental disease in dogs is one of the most common conditions seen by vets, and over half the dogs in the United States over 3 years old has it. The majority of dog parents do their pups a disservice by not brushing their teeth (yup, just like humans), but dental chews and treats are a great way to keep up good habits between brushings. We’re willing to bet your dog probably enjoys them more than the finger brush with beef-flavored toothpaste, too.



Why we love it:

  • Deeply grooved surface
  • Available in Mini, Small, & Medium
  • Vitamin C to support a healthy immune system

Amazon: Natural Balance Dental Chews

The grooved surface of these little bones is designed help with plaque and tartar removal, and the recipe is specifically formulated to be gentle on tummies. Reviewers claim that unlike other dental chews, their dogs had zero digestive issues after switching to Natural Balance—that’s dog people speak for A-plus poops. Plus, with a healthy dose of Vitamin C, pups get an immune system boost too.



Why we love it:

  • Z-shaped for better grip
  • Available in 3 sizes
  • Not too hard or too soft

Amazon: Virbac C.E.T. VeggieDent Dental Chews

Pup parents whose dogs get one of these chews each day SWEAR by its miraculous tartar-removing properties. I can personally attest to their effectiveness—my dog’s teeth look like they did in her puppy days. VeggieDents are 100% vegetarian and Z-shaped to improve grip and get a better “brush.” For most dogs, it only takes a couple of weeks or less to see results, and could potentially save your dog from undergoing the risks of a dental procedure by your vet.



Why we love it:

  • Nylon makes it lasts much longer
  • Infused with real bacon
  • Textured surface & unique curved shape

Amazon: Benebone Bacon Dental Chew

Looking for something to survive the monster chewer in your house? The longer a dental chew lasts, the more benefits your dog gets, and Benebones will still be around WEEKS later. The grooved ends of this nylon & bacon chew are like super-powered bristles, and the curved shape makes it easier for paws to hold on. They’re built to be chewed and not eaten, though, so always be sure to monitor your pup and replace when it’s no longer in one piece!

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Why we love it:

  • Grain-free
  • Vanilla-flavored
  • Help with bad breath

Amazon: No Grainers Dental Pleasers Treats

Dog people are great at ignoring stanky dog breath in order to steal a few kisses, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t live without. No Grainers whipped up these vanilla-flavored biscuits to help mask the stench of your dog’s last toilet water martini (and warrant a few more kisses). They’re grain-free and made with duck and potatoes in the USA.



Why we love it:

  • Wheat, corn, soy, & gluten-free
  • Made with fruits & veggies
  • Low-calorie

Amazon: Get Naked Super Antioxidant Dental Chews

Always a huge hit with my extremely picky dog, these very chewy chews help keep tartar at bay with their unique X-shape. Green tea, Vitamin C, and super fruits like cranberries and pomegranate give a boost to the immune system, and all of it is as easy as handing over your dog’s new favorite treat.



Why we love it:

  • Grain-free
  • Fruits, veggies, & breath-busting herbs
  • Chewy texture

Amazon: Zuke's Z-Bone Dental Chews

Z-bones come flavored with apples, carrots, or berries in as many sizes, with a chewy texture to get the most of your dog’s snack session. Healthy veggies like peas, carrots, and pumpkins provide excellent nutrients, while parsley and rosemary work wonders for Death Breath. There’s no wheat, corn, soy, or gluten allowed in this club, either, and these chews are very tummy-friendly.

Meet Nicole and Lady

Nicole Zalat is a former dog walker for Swifto and has been part of the BARK fam for three years. She supports her dog Lady’s toy destroying habit by making memes for a living. Her favorite dog breed is Dog.

Lady is an 8-year-old American Bulldog. She currently holds the world record for Longest Unnecessary Side Eye. Other skills include being petty in her sleep and eating your entire pizza but still closing the box so you don’t know it’s gone. Favorite basketball move: the Eurostep.


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