3 Incredible Homemade Dog Toothpaste Recipes [Ingredients & Directions]

Jack Russell teeth

Your dog's hygiene is important, which is why grooming and bathing your dog are a must for every dog owner.

But we often forget that our dogs have teeth that should be brushed every day.

Yes, every. single. day.

And it would be even better if you did it using a homemade dog toothpaste!

Dogs are renowned for having especially bad breath, and with a single yawn or bark, your dog can kill you with his radioactive breath (and no one wants to experience radioactive dog breath, believe me).

But, bad breath isn't the only reason you should be brushing your dog's teeth daily.

Indeed, dogs are prone to gum and teeth diseases, which can be costly to get rid of.

So, instead of paying a fortune at the vet to treat those problems, it seems logical that it would be better to just brush your dog's teeth daily and get on with your life (and your wallet).

With healthier teeth comes a healthier and happier dog, which is why you should be brushing your dog's teeth once a day.

But, your dog might not like the industrial toothpaste that you're using on his teeth, which is why homemade dog toothpaste exists!

The advantages of those homemade dog toothpastes are that they're easy, quick to make, and cheap!

But first, let's see how you can brush your dog's teeth!

The Best Way to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

A Dachshund playing frisbee in a park

Make sure to brush your dog's teeth the right way.

First of all, you need to use a special dog toothbrush. Put a small amount of your homemade dog toothpaste on it and let your dog lick it first to have a taste.

Then, gently put the toothbrush in your dog's mouth and brush away.

If your dog is still a puppy (or new to dental hygiene), using a cotton or your finger as a toothbrush might be better.

Remember to talk calmly to your dog while brushing his teeth, as not to make him anxious or stressed about the whole operation (you don't want to lose a finger, do you?).

You can also learn to brush your dog's teeth by watching this video!

Now that you know how to brush your dog's teeth, let's get to the real deal, the homemade toothpaste recipes!

Recipe 1

A Black Belgian Shepherd in the snow

Gum disease can result in your dog losing teeth.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cube of beef bouillon (or vegetable for a vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  • 1. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl, adding a bit more water if necessary to make a paste.
  • 2. Store in an airtight container and use daily.

Recipe 2

Two Miniature Pinscher puppies together in the park

A happy dog is a dog with a good dental hygiene.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp
  • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes

Directions

  • 1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
  • 2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
  • 3. Mix thoroughly, store in fridge between uses.

Recipe 3

Brown German Shepherd looking to the right side

Good teeth are important for a dog.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Directions

  • 1. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl.
  • 2. Store in an airtight container and use daily.

In the End...

Black Labrador Retriever looking happily at his owner

Take care of your dog's teeth, they're precious.

Your dog's dental hygiene is as important as anything, so make sure to brush your dog's teeth daily.

Not only does it keep your dog's breath fresh, it also prevents gum disease (also called periodontal disease) which has grave consequences if left untreated, such as:

  • Oral pain
  • Tooth loss
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Infection

So, if you believe, or just suspect that your dog is suffering from periodontal disease, take him to your veterinarian.

Don't know the symptoms?

Here they are:

  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Irritable mood

Make sure to get your dog treated, as canine gum diseases can be a threat to his life.

Want to know more about periodontal disease? Check out this website.

Do you have any tips about dog toothpaste or how to brush a dog's teeth? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author Houda Laabadi

Hi, I'm Houda, a fulltime writer, traveler, and self-proclaimed dog person. I also make lame jokes, write poetry, and love eating weird food in faraway countries. Did I mention that I was a dog person? Yeah, give me all the puppies please.

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