Bad breath is bad enough on a human, but bad breath on a dog is way worse.
If you stop and think about what a dog licks, chews and eats, it’s enough to make your stomach turn. All the germs and bacteria floating around in their mouth and settling into their teeth makes for the worse breath imaginable – doggy breath.
So when my sweet doggy, Bear, wants to come close to his mommy and give her a kiss….well, you can imagine, I’m not particularly welcoming. Thankfully he doesn’t speak English that well and doesn’t understand when I tell him his breath is horrible and he needs to brush.
Apparently he not only doesn’t understand English, but he also doesn’t know how to brush his teeth either. What am I going to do with him?
Yep, brush his teeth for him. Doggy toothpaste isn’t one of those items I have readily available whenever I feel the urge to brush my dogs teeth. So I decided to make my own (yes, homemade dog toothpaste). This way I can brush my dog’s teeth anytime.
Unfortunately, Bear isn’t as gung ho to have his teeth brushed as I am to brush them. Other than his general overall dental health, I just want his bad doggy breath to go away. So I combined a few ingredients together that can do the all around job effectively.
First, baking soda. It kills the yucky germs in his mouth and whitens his teeth. Second, salt. It kills bacteria and reduces plaque. Then there’s mint leaves…I think we all know why (minty fresh…) And the coconut oil, water and cinnamon are not necessary, but aid in the over all process.
You’ll notice in the video below that my Bear wasn’t really in the mood to get his teeth brushed today. He was a good boy, but not very cooperative. That’s ok, he’s old and he’s allowed to be a little grumpy. Besides, I interrupted his nap time. He’ll now only get 23 hours and 52 minutes of rest today. That would make you grumpy too!
Homemade Dog Toothpaste
- 6 tbsp baking soda
- ½-1 tsp chicken or beef broth
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ tsp salt
- 3-4 mint leaves
In a food processor pulse the baking soda, coconut oil, broth, cinnamon, water, salt and mint leaves into a paste. Store in an airtight container and use daily.
NOTE: DO NOT use people toothpaste on your dogs chompers. The fluoride in it can be harmful and even fatal to your furry friend.