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coco_little_bear 09-12-2013 08:53 AM

Homemade toothpaste?
 
Has anyone tried making their own dog toothpaste? And if so, what recipe would you recommend?

I've been reading online about teeth brushing and noticed that many make their own toothpaste, but most of the recipes use baking soda... isn't that bad for dogs if swallowed? Some also say they brush with only coconut oil and swear by it.

I like natural remedies and homemade alternatives (when possible) so I'm just curious if anyone knows of something that works? Lilo gets raw bones for teeth health, but I also want to start brushing her teeth.

Brix 09-12-2013 10:28 AM

Actually using the paste is not as important for dogs, because the brushing mainly based on the mechanical removing of the plaque (that is why you don't need 2-3mins like humans to brush it, but can do in shorter periods- there are no ingredients that need that time to activate and work unlike in human toothpaste).
I have talked about this with a vet who is mainly specialised in dogs teeth problems, and is very known where I live.
Tooth paste is propably used more as it tastes good (though some of them really contain ingredients that help with plaque).
I also use a algae based powder called Plaque Off in my dogs food.

Wicked Pixie 09-12-2013 11:42 AM

I have been using coconut oil to brush Mouse's teeth, but I would prefer something more abrasive as she has some build up I would like to remove. I wouldn't use baking soda though. Very interested to see what other people recommend.

coco_little_bear 09-14-2013 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Brix (Post 1602426)
Actually using the paste is not as important for dogs, because the brushing mainly based on the mechanical removing of the plaque (that is why you don't need 2-3mins like humans to brush it, but can do in shorter periods- there are no ingredients that need that time to activate and work unlike in human toothpaste).
I have talked about this with a vet who is mainly specialised in dogs teeth problems, and is very known where I live.
Tooth paste is propably used more as it tastes good (though some of them really contain ingredients that help with plaque).
I also use a algae based powder called Plaque Off in my dogs food.

Oh I see that's good to know. People tend to focus on the toothpaste, saying you should use special expensive ones from the vet so I thought it was important. Lilo's only 6 months so no need for a fancy toothpaste at this point then. I'll get started with coconut oil. And thanks, I'll look into that Plaque Off powder too.

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Originally Posted by Wicked Pixie (Post 1602466)
I have been using coconut oil to brush Mouse's teeth, but I would prefer something more abrasive as she has some build up I would like to remove. I wouldn't use baking soda though. Very interested to see what other people recommend.

Yeah I wouldn't use baking soda either. Actually I just had a random thought... what about adding a bit of ground eggshell? I'll have a look online later, I wonder if anyone has ever used that. :nthink:

lilshaniqua 09-18-2013 01:07 PM

Hi. I just bought some DentiPet. It comes in Beef and Chicken flavor but has gentle abrasives and polishing agents as well as fluoride and sodium to prevent build up. I have been told by a few people that is the best stuff around and if you use that you from when they are a puppy you shouldn't have to use anything else. I have been using it on my little girl who is seven weeks.

sammy&C 09-22-2013 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by coco_little_bear (Post 1605482)
Oh I see that's good to know. People tend to focus on the toothpaste, saying you should use special expensive ones from the vet so I thought it was important. Lilo's only 6 months so no need for a fancy toothpaste at this point then. I'll get started with coconut oil. And thanks, I'll look into that Plaque Off powder too.



Yeah I wouldn't use baking soda either. Actually I just had a random thought... what about adding a bit of ground eggshell? I'll have a look online later, I wonder if anyone has ever used that. :nthink:

i use ground egg shell in my dog biscuits, it helps remove plaque when they eat :)

lilbabyvenus 09-22-2013 09:55 PM

I make a mix of baking soda and coconut oil.


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sammy&C 09-22-2013 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by lilbabyvenus (Post 1618154)
I make a mix of baking soda and coconut oil.


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sounds good


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