Do you Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
Good Dog’s Health includes Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth.
It was surprising to find out from American Veterinary Dental Society that 80% of dogs at the age of 3 shows sign of oral disease.
My mom started brushing my teeth since I was a young pup.
She uses a finger brush and makes a homemade toothpaste (as a result of an allergic reaction from a store bought).
Using simple ingredients you can make your own dog toothpaste.
How To Make Your Own Dog Toothpaste?
Ingredients: Liquid Broth (ex: chicken (you can make your own broth too)), baking soda, salt, coconut oil, cinnamon (optional)
1) Mix baking soda and salt with the liquid broth.
2) Add coconut oil to the mixture.
3) Optional: Add cinnamon to the mixture.
4) Mix well and Create a paste.
Baking soda is an abrasive that removes plaque. It kills the nasty germs and also whitens the dog’s teeth. Salt is also an abrasive that kills bacteria and gets rid of plaque on teeth. Cinnamon is a gentle abrasive that will make your dog’s breath smell better.
Sample mixture: 3 tablespoon of baking soda, 1/3 of salt, 1 tablespoon of liquid broth, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
What toothbrush to use for your dog?
Mom has been using a finger toothbrush but recently introduced to Zututh.
Zututh is a toothbrush made specifically for dogs. It is designed to adapt to the unique arrangement of a dog’s teeth. Zututh is designed to clean the areas that collect plaque the most.
It has a soft bristle, angle head and an easy grip. It is also designed to be longer than a human toothbrush. Zututh dog toothbrushes are available in 3 sizes: small, medium and large.
I had an easy transition from a finger to a regular dog’s toothbrush. The battery operate was a bit “tricky” when used on my back tooth but it works well on my front teeth. Did the buzzing noise bothered me? Yes and one reason the battery operated toothbrush was only used in couple seconds. Having a great tasting toothpaste made a difference in the process of brushing my teeth.
Tips on How to brush your dog’s teeth?
It’s a process and it requires patience.
It should take no longer than 30 seconds to brush your dog’s teeth
1) Start slowly. Let your dog taste the toothpaste.
2) Start at the back of your dog’s teeth. Use a circling motion brushing each tooth from the gum line down.
3) Make sure to give the upper and lower jaw the same amount of attention.
4) Use gentle slow circles to the front of the mouth.
5) Make sure to praise your dog in the process.
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We give Zututh 4 Golden Paws.
Lots of Golden Thanks to Zututh.
Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth provides a happy healthy dog.
Disclaimer: Zututh provided Sugar The Golden Retriever a regular and a battery operated Zututh toothbrush to try and review. Golden Woofs did not receive any monetary compensation for this review post/video.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs
Christine and Riley says
These look like great toothbrushes.. a lot better than what I am using now. I will definitely have to try them out!!
Urban hounds says
We brush every day and use pets life gel we also use a spray in the morning we do this to avoid anesthesia rentals
easy rider says
we used the finger brush too – but my dad says it’s to dangerous and he needs his forefinger for some other things. Now we use a normal electric oral b for me. But this zututh-brush looks great and much better than mine. Have a golden smile thursday!
I don’t brush my guys’ teeth and so far the vet says they are fine (at ages 6 and 10). Their raw diet seems to help keep them clean. I have just recently started adding something to their water that should help as well.
Next to having my nails trimmed I like this the least. MOM tries and tries but I still do not like it. I know it is good for me, butt…. You have a beautiful smile Sugar.
Amy and Toby says
Thank you Sugar! Toby is only 2 1/2 but our daughter the vet tech said last weekend that it’s time to start brushing as she noticed some plaque. I’d been wondering if I could make homemade tooth paste and whether a human brush would work. Your post could not have been more timely. I’ll try making the paste and see if I can find a finger brush or Zututh at the pet store.
Hailey's Lady says
I brush the dogs teeth when I am home . . . I am sure while I am away it isn’t getting done, but I can’t worry about of it! Thanks for the reminder!
your golden mouth and teeth make me smile especially your golden SMILE… you have such a great mom
Two French Bulldogs says
We always get our teeth brushed. A good way to keep us healthy. We can’t wait for smile day
Benny & Lily
Molly The Wally says
We never realised you could make your own toothpaste. How cool is that? Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly
Amber DaWeenie says
Mommy needs to start brushing our teeth but we aren’t too happy about that. So she adds PlaqueOff to our food.
Caren Gittleman says
Dakota LOVES having his teeth brushed, it is ME who is lazy about it! I MUST get better! Love your recipe for homemade toothpaste!
Michelle Liew says
I brush my dogs’. But my Westie hates it!
Frankie and Ernie says
Our Mom Brushes OUR teefs… We use a little two legger teefs brush… Mine is Blue and Ernie’s is Orange…
And we use Chicken Flavored and Arm and Hammer…teefs pastes… she alternates them.
THAT is a super recipe fur home made teefs paste… Do you keep it in the FRIDGE???
joann stancer says
Great how to post. Do you make up a bunch of toothpaste or make it up for each day? I brush gamblers teeth each day ass he had major work done on him as a puppy so I need to keep them healthy. I do Glory’s also. Norman has never had teeth brushing or a dental in his 12.5 yes.
Roxy the traveling dog says
I can’t even kind of get in Roxys mouth, but I do brush Torrey’s. We are about out of the toothpaste we have been using, so i am going to make some of this up and give it a try. I am a big fan of coconut oil for me and the dogs. Do you soften the oil? And what is the advantage of the coconut oil in the recipe?
We are just like you! We started brushing our teeth the day Mom brought us home and we brush every night before bed. We started with a finger brush and moved on to a normal human toothbrush. We love it and our vet says that we have great teeth! We use Drs. Foster and Smith tartar control toothpaste and it works well for us. I was at the vet the other day and he was amazed at how great my teeth look…brushing is a good thing!
Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning says
Mom uses a finger toothbrush too, but she says she needs to do it more often and more regularly. Having clean teeth and healthy gums is critical to good overall health for both humans and pups. We will have her check out that Zututh.
Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning
Comedy Plus says
Our Little Bit gets her teeth brushed every single day. Great advice Sugar.
Have a woof woof day. My best to your mom. 🙂
Murphy & Stanley says
Me and Stanley get our teeths brushed every night! But we use a commercial (doggie) enzyme toothpaste. You like the baking soda taste then? We use a regular tooth brush.
Murphy & Stanley
Dolly the Doxie says
Great advice Sugar! You have such a pretty smile I hope mine stays as nice as yours! Love Dolly
Oz the Terrier says
Sugar, you have the pearliest whites ever! We did not know all of that about making your own toothpaste. Very interesting. I think you are giving Ma ideas….
Madi and Mom says
SUGAR YOU HAVE THE PRETTIES PEARLY WHITES I’VE SEEN IN LIKE FUREVER
HUGS MADI YOUR BFFFF
I do think it’s a good idea to brush a dog’s teeth, but my boys don’t think it’s a very good idea! bol
Amy and Toby says
For Sugar and all our friends: we just returned from the pet store, and bought a pack of 2 finger brushes. They wanted $7.99 for a very small tube of doggie toothpaste! I made Sugar’s recipe in less than 5 min. It makes about 1/2 cup, about the same amt. as the store wanted. Definitely try making your own toothpaste 🙂
BJ Pup says
It’s not BJ’s favorite activity even with the promise of a cookie.
Jackie Bouchard says
I’m pretty lazy and only brush Rita’s once in a while. Need to start being better about it. I use a special toothbrush and coconut oil, but that’s a great idea to mix in some cinnamon and baking soda!
Duke says he doesn’t want me to read this because he doesn’t like getting his teeth brushed :)Good info though and thanks for sharing the mixture you use
Your beautiful teeth show how well your Mom has cared for them Sugar…I have all those ingredients and will be making some paste for Gizmo tomorrow…I will use the finger brush cause he has such a tiny mouth…None of the doggie toothbrushes I’ve tried will fit him comfortably…Thank you for the “recipe”
You have some beautiful teeth, Sugar! My mom brushes my teeth every day too. She uses one of those CET brushes, but now she might try this Zututh guy. She says it’s hard to really keep that creased part of my car-nay-zeal teeth clean!
Your toothers are BEAUTIFULS Sugar!!! That homemade toothpaste sounds easy!
2 brown dawgs says
Good tips. We should probably be doing that. 🙂
Thank you for the recipe. We really want to be good about Newton’s teeth once his real ones come in. I need to start poking around in his mouth more so he’s be less likely to argue about it 🙂
Heart Like a Dog says
You sure have beautiful, clean teeth Sugar. This is one area I’m very bad in, I don’t brush the Doug’s teeth! I need a golden butt kicking!!
Omg, Sugar is just precious and look at her smile! Love it!! I can’t imagine trying to brush Titan’s teeth. He’d probably eat the toothbrush especially if it made a noise but I need to start thinking of something as I noticed recently a dirty molar. 🙁
Love those pearly whites, Sugar! I didn’t really start thinking about brushing my dogs’ teeth until I got Pierson. He is a poop eater. I keep the poop picked up now, but he still eats the poop from the wild rabbits that live under our shed. I brush Pierson’s teeth almost every day now, but they are still stained. Perhaps I should try a toothpaste with baking soda in order to try to whiten them.
Thank you so much for letting us know about the Zututh toothbrush! I have a positive feeling this could provide a better brushing experience for Taylor than her traditional finger brush. 🙂
margaret petros says
where do you get coconut oil from?
Deena O'Daniel says
Thanks for the great information, Sugar! I’m getting better about brushing Dakota the Corgi’s teeth. Corgis are notorioius for having bad teeth, and Dakota had to have hers cleaned already at only 2-1/2 years old.. Expensive and dangerous, with the anasthetic. My bad, since I wasn’t brushing her teeth. But now it’s different. Every evening Dakota gets a cookie about 7 pm. I’ve started brushing her teeth before giving her the cookie, telling her that we’re brushing her teeth and then she can have her cookie. She still doesn’t like it and shies away from the tooth brush but she likse the taste of the doggie toothpaste and she knows she’s going to get her cookie. It will take a while but I predict that she will put up with the brushing knowing that a cookie is coming.