So many of you know the importance of teeth care for yourself, but what about for your furry friends?
How often should you brush your dogs teeth? Daily should be your goal but it’s something you’ll work up to. Even if your dog has good teeth, minimal to no plaque build up brushing up to 3 days a week can be very helpful.
How much will I save by brushing my dogs teeth myself instead of constantly getting it done at the vet? The answer to this is tough but personally each dental visit costs me around $200-$300 per dog per visit and I let the vet do it 1-2 times a year. Brushing my dogs teeth myself has shown great improvement with less plaque build-up. Of course some vets can cost less while others can cost more.
Now for the DIY Dog Toothpaste
- 2 TBSP baking soda (I buy extra as I make this toothpaste often with 3 dogs but I also use it for other items or keeping food in my fridge fresh)
- 2 TSP coconut oil
- 1/2 TSP kosher salt
- 2 TSP water
- 3-4 springs fresh parsley
- 2-3 leaves fresh peppermint or 2 drops peppermint essential oil
You’ll need a food processor and if you don’t have one, I recommend this food processor
- Combine the ingredient all together into a food processor. Process it until it is well mixed and blended. Add water if you feel it needs a bit more. Mixture should be gritty and a little more wet than the typical human Toothpaste.
- Transfer the mixture to a container that has an airtight seal or tight fitting lid to it.
- Store it in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks after it is made.
- To use: apply a generous amount of Toothpaste to a wet brush or cloth. Rub this on the outside of the tooth and inside and get t up to the gum line. Note that this is usually easier said than actually done so be patient with your dog. Try holding your dog under your arm while they are calm and face the same direction as them. If needed, get an assistant (friend or family member) to help you out.