What would happen if you didn’t brush your teeth for a month? You’d probably end up in the dentist’s seat with cavities, tooth decay and breath that doesn’t exactly smell like a summer breeze… Unfortunately, this also holds true for your canine. If you don’t brush their teeth or take them for regular dental check-ups, you can’t expect them to have sparkly teeth and fresh breath. That’s definitely not good news if Buddy loves kisses. 😉
Taking care of your dog’s choppers is vital for their health and it promotes better hygiene. Although there are many ready-made dog toothpastes on the market, why not save by making it yourself?
The key to DIY dog toothpaste is striking a balance between yummy, savoury ingredients your dog will enjoy, and herbal breath fresheners that will leave their mouth ready for face licks and close encounters.
*IMPORTANT: Remember that you can’t use your human toothpaste on your dog. Your toothpaste contains white fluoride, foaming agents and detergents which can be harmful to pooches.
Here’s how to make dog toothpaste quickly and safely, all in the comfort of your own home.
- 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of water or broth
Mix into a paste and apply a small amount to a doggy toothbrush. Thoroughly brush the surfaces of your dog’s teeth and inner cheeks until you’ve covered all the pearly whites.
Minty Fresh toothpaste (as seen in Modern Dog Magazine)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cube of chicken or beef bullion
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 6-7 mint leaves
Prop the ingredients into your food processor and pulse until fully combined. This mixture should last for two weeks if stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Apply a pea-sized amount to a doggy toothbrush and brush thoroughly.
Remember: Brush your dog’s teeth at least once every other day for optimal results.
After brushing your dog’s teeth, it’s always good to reward your pooch for their patience by spoiling them with a dental dog chew, playtime in the park, or some hugs and cuddles. Make sure that your dog has a positive experience so that dental care becomes a part of their routine.
For the best possible oral health, and longevity, it’s recommended that your dog also has his teeth checked and cleaned by a vet during routine check-ups. If your dog has bad breath that doesn’t get better with brushing, or if you notice redness or inflammation on the gums, schedule a dental exam ASAP.
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