Brushing Up: How to Make Dog Toothpaste

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Grooming your dog’s canines is an essential part of their daily grooming routine, just like exercise, brushing, and diet. And although there are many ready-to-use dog toothpastes on the market, why not make your own?

By making your own dog toothpaste, you always know exactly what your dog is eating. You can tailor the ingredients to your specific needs and preferences, which can make brushing easier for everyone and may be a must for dogs with allergies.

How to make homemade dog toothpaste quickly and safely.

Ingredients in toothpaste for dogs

The key to making homemade dog toothpaste is balancing tasty ingredients your dog will love with mild abrasives and herbal breath fresheners that leave his mouth feeling clean. Luckily, these ingredients are often affordable, easy to find, and may even be available in dog-specific versions.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is a common ingredient that is not only easy for a dog to accept, but is also good for maintaining a shiny and healthy coat. Don’t know what to look for? Here you have one specially designed for your dog.

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broth

Many homemade recipes include broth or broth (bonus points if you make the broth yourself too!) because dogs love the taste of meat.

Beef broth cubes with herbs

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sodium bicarbonate

You can use a small amount of baking soda for its slightly abrasive texture and as an odor neutralizer. Caution: Do not use more than the amount recommended below, as too much baking soda can upset your dog’s stomach.

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breath freshener

Need fresh breath options? Try small amounts of mint leaves, parsley or cinnamon – all are safe for dogs!

Can Dogs Have Human Toothpaste?

Short answer: No! Human toothpaste contains a variety of ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. Your dog won’t spit out his toothpaste like you would, and while fluorides, foaming agents, and detergents are fine in small doses, your dog would swallow much more than the recommended dose.

How to make dog toothpaste with baking soda to get you started

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3 homemade toothpaste recipes for dogs

Ready to try? Here are some quick DIY dog toothpaste recipes.

basic formula

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon water or broth

Mix it into a paste and apply a small amount to a toothbrush made specifically for dogs (like this simple and affordable double-ended toothbrush). Gently brush the surface of the teeth and the inside of the cheeks.

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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 chicken or beef bullion cube
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 6-7 mint leaves

Place the ingredients in your food processor and blend until completely combined. This homemade dog toothpaste mix will keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for two weeks. Only use a pea-sized amount.

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  • Dissolve 1 tablespoon of granulated beef stock in 1 tablespoon of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Why not fly away?

Now that you have some basic recipes, you can play around with different ingredient combinations and ratios. Just start with a simple paste of baking soda and broth and add other safe ingredients depending on your dog’s preferences. Try a combination of cinnamon and mint! ran out of coconut oil? Add some peanut butter!

Play around with the ingredients, but always make sure all of the ingredients in your homemade dog toothpaste are on the safe list, and make note of your dog’s favorite flavors so you can adjust future batches to suit their tastes.

Best toothpaste for puppies

Introducing your pup to a grooming routine can make it easier as he gets older. If you are looking for puppy toothpaste, here are some of the best puppy formulas.

Organic Dog Oral Hygiene Kit

This organic toothbrush set is specially designed for puppies. The toothpaste is a mix of organic sweet potatoes (delicious!) and coconut oil to help prevent cavities in young dogs. The toothbrush with extra soft bristles is suitable for puppies up to 18 months.

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TropiClean Fresh Breath puppy toothpaste

TropiClean Puppy Toothpaste Gel works on puppy teeth to prevent tartar and plaque build-up. This gel is intended for puppies from 16 weeks of age and can be used to help maintain good dental hygiene. The gel can be used with or without a toothbrush.

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Arm and Hammer Puppy Toothbrush Set

This dental care kit contains everything you need to start your puppy’s dental care over again. It comes with vanilla toothpaste and chews to help your pup develop good chewing habits (and keep their teeth clean). Not surprisingly, this toothpaste uses baking soda to reduce tartar and plaque build-up.

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After brushing your dog’s teeth with a homemade toothpaste

Reward your pup’s good behavior and patience with a dog treat or tooth chews, as well as additional hugs and kisses. Remember that brushing should be a daily habit, so make it as comfortable as possible for you and your dog. Make it a bonding experience where you fully focus on your four-legged companion and give them love, care and affection. If your dog likes to tug, try rope toys that can help them floss between brushings while they play, making oral hygiene more fun.

In addition to daily brushing, your dog’s teeth should be cleaned regularly by a veterinarian or veterinary dentist for the best possible oral health and longevity. If your dog has bad breath that brushing doesn’t improve, or if you notice redness or swelling of the gums, schedule a dental exam as soon as possible.

Want more information on how to keep your dog’s pearlescent healthy? For more articles on canine dental health, see below.

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