There are so many benefits to brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis,
including preventing plaque and tartar buildup, preventing gum, dental or other diseases and maintaining nice fresh breath. The liver, heart and stomach can be greatly affected if your dog’s teeth are not regularly cared for and they can develop illness and disease as the result of poor dental hygiene.
As a mom to a diabetic dog, Mylah, her dental health is very important because like humans with diabetes, she suffers from poor dental hygiene simply because she is a diabetic. However, because I feed our dogs a raw diet, their teeth are greatly improved as a result. Izzy and Hudson have amazing teeth as they approach 7 and 8 years of age. Between Mylah’s raw diet and teeth brushing, we hope we can stay on top of her dental hygiene.
This simple, all-natural and easy homemade toothpaste includes ingredients that deodorize breath, scrub away plaque, whiten teeth and are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. I’ve tried many commercial and store-bought toothpastes but never felt like I got great results with them like I do with my homemade toothpaste.
What you use to brush your dog’s teeth is also very important. A regular human toothbrush isn’t always a good idea to use because those aren’t made for dogs and what their teeth need. I use and LOVE Woobamboo’seco-friendly, all-natural and antimicrobial bamboo toothbrush. Hudson and Izzy use the large breed toothbrush and Mylah uses the small breed toothbrush. These brushes have soft bristles for their teeth, allow us to reach way in the back of their mouths and are so easy to clean (they clean themselves naturally) and bonus: they are good for the environment.I am giving away a Woobamboo family pack of toothbrushes for humans and dogs – see the end of the blog post to enter!
Check out my DIY Toothpaste for Dogs video for all the info on how I make this easy toothpaste and how much my dogs like it! 🙂 Ingredients and instructions are below as well!
1/2 cup of organic coconut oil (melted down into liquid)
1-2 tbs of baking soda
1/2 tsp organic turmeric
1tsp finely organic chopped parsley
1/4 of a tab of all-natural beef flavor tab (bouillon)
1. Finely chop parsley
2. Add all-natural beef flavor tab with water and parsley into mixing dish or container, stir well until beef tab is dissolved
3. Pour in coconut oil, add in turmeric and baking soda. Mix well
4. Put in the refrigerator for about an hour to harden
5. Mix ingredients again once you take out of refrigerator
6. Use about a teaspoon at a time while brushing with your Woobamboo toothbrush for dogs!
7. Brush in circles, slowly and softly!
I am giving away a family pack of 5 Woobamboo toothbrushes! The pack contains 2 human toothbrushes (one soft, one medium), 1 kids toothbrush, 1 large breed dog toothbrush and 1 small breed dog toothbrush! Enter below. Contest ends on August 19th. Winner will be notified and has 24 hours to respond. Eligible only to those residing in the US.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary Woobamboo products in exchange for an honest review of their products. The DIY Dog Mom only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Woobamboo via The DIY Dog Mom is providing the prize to the winner.
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I love this recipe! I did however change out the Baking Soda for Diatomaceous Earth!