Dental Bones For Dogs: 6 Things You Need To Know

By: Sarah Gardner

Dental Bones For Dogs

Dental bones for dogs are sold in a bone shape and are different than biscuits, treats, or rawhide chews. There can be many benefits since it’s hard and sometimes impossible to brush your dog’s teeth, these types of treats can help, but dogs can still suffer from periodontal disease. 

Not only can dogs suffer from gum disease and lost teeth, but it can also be extremely painful, and can lead to organ failure if the harmful bacteria get into the bloodstream.

Dog chew toys can help assist with cleaning your dog's teeth. By playing tug with your dog, this allows the rope fibers to go in between their teeth and help clean their gums. Hard rubber chews are excellent for scraping and cleaning their teeth.

1. Improves Overall Gum & Teeth Health

Dental bones provide a way for dogs to spend time chewing while the surface of the treats will naturally remove plaque and tartar from their teeth.

2. Reduces Bad Breath In Dogs

Dogs are not able to brush their teeth as we do. Bad breath can be linked to gum disease. If your concerned about your dog's teeth, make an appointment with your veterinarian and get them checked. It can be the first sign that your dog needs some help with dental and gum care. 

3. Variety Of Dental Bones

There are many different brands of dental bones for dogs. Some contain different ingredients. For instance, some may be coated with polyphosphate which helps to reduce tartar by 55%. Polyphosphate helps to prevent plaque from turning into tartar by isolating calcium on the teeth.

When buying commercial dental bones for dogs, avoid treats that contain by-products, meals and cereal grains. These ingredients are likely to stick to your dog's teeth. Look for bones and treats made with meats, vegetables, or fruits. 

4. Choosing The Right Dental Bones For Dogs

Some types of dental bones are better than others, and some are safer than others. Making the right match for your dog is essential. The dental bone should suit your dog’s size and preferences. If they are an aggressive chewer, they may be better with a dental bone that is firmer. If the dental bone is too soft, it may be swallowed too quickly.

5. Don't Overdo Any Type Of Treats

No matter what type of treat you give your dog, even dental bones for dogs can provide additional calories to your dog’s diet. The rule is that the smaller the dog, the fewer the dental bones they should get. 

6. Buy High-quality Dental Bones For Dogs

Buy the best quality dental bones that you can afford for your dog. These will provide just enough challenge for your dog to chew while giving beneficial teeth cleaning properties. 

Dental bones are much safer to give your dog than the past alternatives of cooked bones, cow hooves, rawhide chews, and dried pig ears. For one, once a dog has consumed a dental chew, it will digest naturally in their digestive tract, which means fewer issues with safety and more peace of mind in having a safe and effective way to clean your dog’s teeth. 

Alternative Treats For Dental Bones For Dogs

Anyone who’s had or has a dog knows that they love to chew things up from time to time. Especially puppies! Instead of giving them your favorite sneakers, or the tv remote, give them these all-natural homemade dog chews. Buying dog chews at the store can add up and most importantly you never really know what’s in them. 

Many human foods can be purchased or homegrown to help keep your dog's gums and teeth healthy. Below are a few suggestions for more dog-friendly human snacks that will benefit your dog's teeth and gums click here.

  • Apple Slices - Ensure the core and seeds are removed. Apple's are low in protein, high fiber and excellent antioxidants for your furry friends. 
  • Zucchini Slices - Zucchini is packed full of natural nutrients. One cup of this superfood only contains 20 calories. Great for overweight or older dogs.
  • Celery - These are great chews if your dog is on a weight management diet, due to them being very low in fat and cholesterol. This crunchy vegetable will help freshen your dog's breath. They contain vitamins A, C and K, folate and potassium. If you have a picky eater, trying putting a small amount of cream cheese or peanut butter on the celery to add an extra unique taste.
  • Dehydrated Meats and Vegetables - There is a selection of meat and vegetable treats that can be made at home. These type of treats provide beneficial chewing action that will help clean your dog's teeth. As these treat chews are made with limited ingredients, they will be suitable for dogs with allergies or diabetes.

Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Chews 


  • 3 Organic Sweet Potatoes 
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (melted)


  1. Slice the sweet potatoes into strips. (keep the skin on the sweet potatoes)
  2. Place on a dehydrating tray, using a pastry brush, brush one slide of the sweet potatoes with coconut oil.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and fresh parsley.
  4. Dehydrate at 165 degrees for 6-7 hours. If you don't have a dehydrator, these treats can be done in the oven. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and bake then 3-4 hours, turning halfway through. 

Baking for 3 1/2 hours will result in a soft, but chewy sweet potato treat. If your dog prefers more of a crunch, then bake for an additional 20-30 minutes. When you take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, they may at first appear to be soft. Let them cool completely on a wire rack before you decide whether or not to bake them longer. They will continue to dry or harden while cooling.

All Natural Raw Bones - Great For Dogs Teeth and Gums

My dog, Lady is on a raw diet. While doing my grocery shopping each month, I stop at the butcher's counter and buy a pack of small sized fresh raw marrow bones. These dental bones for dogs are 100% natural, delicious and cost-effective. Once she has eaten all the meat from the bones, I keep them and re-use them for treats. You can soak them in low sodium broth for a few hours, in their eyes, this is a whole new bone when you give to them. You can also stuff these bones with commercial or homemade dog treats.

Bone marrow has many health benefits for your dogs besides their teeth. The adiponectin has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Marrow also supports kidney and digestive function, and it can aid in repairing wounds and will help generate new red and white blood cells — all that healthy stuff in such a tasty bone – great dental bones for dogs.

Dog with fresh bone'Lady, with her natural raw bone'

I suggest keeping away from purchasing cooked or flavored dental bones for dogs. These are very common in pet stores. Cooked bones are more brittle, increasing the likelihood they might splinter and cause internal injury to your dog - which can result in a trip to the vets. Once the bones have been cooked, most of the nutritional values have been destroyed.

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