Dental treats are products that encourage chewing, exercise the periodontal ligament fibres and cause flushing of the oral fluids through the periodontal ligament space. The mechanical abrasion that occurs when canine or feline teeth sink into and scrape against dental treats helps to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. The addition of enzymes and other anti-plaque products complement this effect.
Treats such as Greenies® dental chews and Feline Greenies® dental treats, which are available through veterinary distributors and commercially, fall into this category.
Many products on the market claim efficacy against oral disease. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance and proper research can help distinguish products that are scientifically proven to reduce tartar and/or plaque.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
VOHC recognises only those products that meet exacting standards of plaque and/or calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. The VOHC does not test products itself. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols.
A Seal of Acceptance is displayed on products that have been awarded the Seal. Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal of Acceptance have been proven to reduce the accumulation of plaque and/or calculus which can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss. When fed daily, all sizes of Greenies® canine dental chews have been significantly shown to reduce plaque and tartar, earning them the VOHC Seal of Acceptance.