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J Vet Dent. 2002 Mar;19(1):15-8.

Effects of a dental food on plaque accumulation and gingival health in dogs.

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Hill's Science and Technology Center, 1035 NE 43rd Street, Topeka, KS 66617, USA.


Recent studies have demonstrated that typical dry dog foods have significantly less efficacy in reducing accumulation of dental substrates compared to a specifically formulated and processed dental food. This study compared the effects of a typical dry food and a dental food on plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation in dogs during a 6-month period. Daily feeding of the dental food significantly reduced plaque and gingivitis by 39% and 36%, respectively, compared with daily feeding of the typical dry food. Feeding a food that decreases plaque accumulation and reduces gingivitis contributes to canine oral health maintenance.

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