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Best Dog Plaque Removers


Very few dogs like having their teeth brushed, and some flat-out won’t tolerate it. But teeth and gum disease are “far and away” the most common health problem for dogs.


In fact 80% of dogs develop gum problems in the first few years of their lives.

Dog with a toothbrush

Unfortunately, nothing can replace teeth brushing as the best method for taking care of your dog's teeth and keeping those gnashers pearly white.


You should be aiming to brush your dog's teeth at least once a week, but once a day is best.


But ... we know that brushing simply isn’t an option for everyone. Training your dog to tolerate getting their teeth cleaned can take a lot of time and dedication that most of us don’t have.


If this just simply isn't an option for you, then don't despair. We've taken a look at some innovative products on the UK market designed to help you tackle your dog's dental hygiene and keep that plaque and tartar at bay.


Only the best made it to our list so read on to find out which dog plaque removers are the best for your dog's dental needs.


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Best Plaque Removers for Your Dog

1. Best Dog Food Additive

2. Best Dental Wash for Dogs

3. Best Dog Dental Sticks

4. Best Dog Toy

5. Best Finger ToothBrush for Dogs

6. Best Toothbrush & Toothpaste Set

Our Verdict

Frequently Asked Questions




BEST PLAQUE REMOVERS FOR YOUR DOG



1. Best Dog Food Additive

Pets Purest Plaque Pro


We're all for making our busy lives as stress free as possible at Smart Bark and that's why we love plaque powders for dogs.

Pets Purest Plaque Pro for dogs

By simply adding a powder such as Pets Purest Plaque Pro to your dogs dinner each day, you can significantly reduce the build up of plaque on your dog's teeth.


Clearly, it won't replace brushing but it will make a great addition to their dental care routine.


So what is Plaque Pro ?


Amazingly, it has a single ingredient - Seaweed.


Seaweed is known to keep your dog's teeth clean and can minimise bad dog breath naturally.


It's worth noting that it's also packed with fibre and prebiotics so is amazingly nutritious.


There are several plaque powders on the UK market, but we recommend Pets Purest products because they are vegan, vet approved and importantly, all made right here in the UK.


Pets Purest Plaque Pro powder contains a mini scoop and recommends sprinkling 1 - 3 scoops to your dog's food daily depending on the size of your dog.


We've been adding the powder to our dog's food for three weeks now and incredibly our fussy cockapoo hasn't noticed! But we've noticed - fresher breath.


We haven't noticed a reduction in the existing plaque yet but it appears to have stopped new plaque forming on his teeth.


Based on daily recommended amounts for a 10-25kg dog, the tub should last approx. 62 days. Clearly, this pot will last you and your dog a long time so it's great value.


Specification

Size - 185g

Ingredients - Seaweed

Form - Powder


Reasons to Buy

+ SImply add to food

+ Ideal if you struggle to brush your dog's teeth

+ All natural ingredients

+ Fresher breath

+ Made in the UK


Reasons to Avoid

- Not as good as teeth brushing


Buying Options



2. Best Dental Wash for Dogs

Petlab Co. Dental Formula


Petlab Co. offer a range of dog wellness products including their dog mouthwash and teeth cleaning solution - Dental Formula.

Petlab Co. dental formula for dog's teeth

The Dental Formula is ultimately a mouthwash so like our own human mouthwashes, is a great addition to brushing your dog's teeth.


The mint flavoured formula is made from purified water, vegetable glycerine, sodium bicarbonate, aniseed and peppermint oil.


Simply add a teaspoon of the solution to your dog's water bowl daily to help prevent plaque and tartar build up and keep their breath fresh.


With countless 5 ⭐️ customer reviews we love that this solution is a stress free way to tackle some of those harder to reach areas in your dog's mouth.


Our one reservation is that is quite an expensive solution depending on how much your dog drinks.


Specification Size - 235ml

Ingredients - Purified water, vegetable glycerine, sodium bicarbonate, aniseed and peppermint oil

Form - Liquid


Reasons to Buy

+ SImply add to dog's water

+ Ideal if you struggle to brush your dog's teeth

+ All natural ingredients

+ Fresher breath


Reasons to Avoid

- Not as good as teeth brushing

- Expensive solution


Buying Options



3. Best Dog Dental Sticks

Whimzees


Dental sticks or chews are a great addition to your dogs diet as they exercise your dog's chewing muscles and provide a mild cleaning effect on the teeth.

whimzees dental chews for dogs

A quick and easy method of reducing plaque and tartar whilst helping to avoid bad doggy breath.


There's lots of dental sticks on the market, but our favourite are Whimzees because they are natural, contain no artificial ingredients, flavours or additives.


Importantly, they are made from only six primary ingredients so you know exactly what your dog is getting. The same cannot be said of some popular brands on the supermarket shelves!


As well as being super cute, the shapes are uniquely designed to ensure proper blood flow through the gums and prevents bad breath and tartar buildup.


Hollow spaces within each shape enable their teeth to easily grip and chew.

The complete range of Whimzees offers a choice of single shape or variety packs in various pack sizes. Whimzees recommend giving your dog one stick a day for an effective cleaning routine.


Specification

Size - 6 sizes including 2 aimed at puppies

Ingredients - Potato Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellulose, Lecithin, Yeast, Malt Extract, Lupine, Annatto Extract Colour, Alfalfa Extract

Form - Chew


Reasons to Buy

+ Easy - it's a dog chew!

+ All natural ingredients

+ If you struggle to brush your dog's teeth

+ Firm texture promoting longer chewing

+ Range of sizes and shapes


Reasons to Avoid

- If your trying to reduce calories


Buying Options


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4. Best Dog Toy

Rucacio Cactus Chew Toy


If you have a dog that simply loves to chew, then a dog chew toy from Rucacio might be a great answer to improving dental hygiene.

Their tough range of chew toys are made from the industrial-strength rubber and help with your dogs intense urge to gnaw.


The durable and aligned bristles inside the brush help clean dental plaque from hard to reach areas.


To extend the chew time, simply squeeze dog toothpaste or dog friendly peanut butter into the grooves, then let dogs chew the dog toy for a few minutes under supervision.


We recommend using the dog chew toy once a day to help keep on top of plaque and tartar build up. The chew toy can be cleaned with water and detergent after each use.


If you have a power chewer, we suggest looking at the large size blue chew toy, which has been developed with power chewers and dogs up to 40kg in mind.


Available in a choice of three sizes to suit all sizes and breeds of dog.


Specification

Size - 3 sizes including 1 aimed at aggressive chewers

Form - Chew Toy


Reasons to Buy

+ Amazingly tough

+ If you struggle to brush your dog's teeth

+ Can add toothpaste

+ Range of sizes

+ Great for aggressive chewers


Reasons to Avoid

- If your dog doesn't chew


Buying Options



5. Best Finger Toothbrush for Dogs

DogsLife Finger Toothbrush


DogsLife finger toothbrush for dogs

Finger brushes with a soft head are excellent for smaller dogs and puppies and they make a great starting point for teeth cleaning before venturing onto a full-sized toothbrush.


The extra-soft bristles won't startle your dog or cause any unnecessary discomfort


DogsLife offer a pack of 5 reusable finger toothbrushes.


Crafted with silicone micro-fibre bristles, they are ideal for safe and comfortable canine teeth cleaning.


Simply slip one of the brushes on your finger and gently move the bristles back and forth over your dog's teeth. You can add dog toothpaste to them.


The back of the dental brush has raised bumps to help massage your dogs gums whilst you're cleaning.


Specification

Size - 1 size

Form - Finger toothbrush


Reasons to Buy

+ Gentle

+ Ideal starting point for teeth cleaning

+ Great for puppies and small dogs


Reasons to Avoid

- If you struggle to brush your dog's teeth


Buying Options



6. Best Toothbrush & Toothpaste Set

DogsLife Dental Kit


The gold standard for keeping your dog's teeth clean will always be brushing your dog's teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

DogsLife dog dental care kit

Unfortunately, they can't brush their teeth themselves, so it's time to get up close and personal.


A great place to start is the DogsLife Dental Care Kit.


The kit includes a triple-headed toothbrush and a tube of their deep clean toothpaste.


The uniquely designed toothbrush works to reach around and between your dog's teeth making your job quicker and easier.


Their deep cleaning toothpaste has also been formulated so that it has an appealing flavour for your dog. All natural ingredients including aloe vera, peppermint and grapefruit seed. It's worth noting that it's gentle, doesn't need rinsing and is also safe to ingest.


Ultimately, the toothbrush and toothpaste work together to not only keep your dog's teeth and gums clean but also freshen your dog's breath.


We recommend DogsLife dental products because they are cruelty free and veterinarian approved.


Specification

Ingredients - aloe vera, peppermint and grapefruit seed

Size - 1 Size

Form - Finger Toothbrush


Reasons to Buy

+ Gentle

+ Ideal starting point for teeth cleaning

+ Great for puppies and small dogs


Reasons to Avoid

- If you struggle to brush your dog's teeth


Buying Options



Our Verdict


Pets Purest Plaque Pro earned our top pick as the best overall dog plaque remover (when a toothbrush isn't an option). It's an easy-to-use, great value and natural dental product that you can add directly to your dog's food.


We also recommend DogsLife Dental Kit. There's no getting away from the fact that a toothbrush and toothpaste are your best weapons against the buildup of plaque and tartar as well as keeping your dog's breath fresh.


DogsLife toothpaste ( also sold separately) is safe, gentle and effective and could be used alongside the Rucacio Cactus Dog Chew Toy for more effective cleaning.



We hope that we've offered you a range of different options to improve your dog's dental hygiene.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can dog food clean my dog's teeth ?

The idea that dry biscuits or kibble helps clean your dog's teeth has been generally disproven. In fact ,current thinking is that fresh food is now seen as better for your dog's dental hygiene. Let's face it most dogs tend to inhale their food anyway, rather than spending time chewing it.



Are bones good for teeth cleaning ?

Raw bones are an excellent and natural way to clean your dog's teeth. Simply the action of chewing meat from a bone helps to remove tartar and plaque. So there is some sense in the saying - 'Give a dog a bone'.


Beware though, bones do come with some very important safety warnings -

🦴 Only offer raw bones as cooked bones can splinter and cause choking.

🦴 Only use for 15 minutes twice a week

🦴 Discard the bone if it's too small

🦴 Don't leave your dog unsupervised



What's the best method for cleaning my dog's teeth ?

That really depends on your dog's willingness to let you brush their pearly whites. The gold standard has to be a toothbrush and toothpaste.


If you're thinking of trying a toothbrush and toothpaste for the first time can we suggest introducing the toothpaste on your finger.


This way your dog can get familiar with the taste of the toothpaste and become comfortable with you touching their teeth and gums. Once this is a pleasant experience then introduce the toothbrush.


If that's not possible and your attempts leave your dog distressed then any of the dental care options featured here is a lot better than nothing at all.




Thanks for stopping by and reading our article on the Best Dog Plaque Removers.


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