Every veterinarian will advise you to regularly brush your dog’s teeth and while keeping the teeth clean is extremely important, only 5-7% of all owners brush their dog’s teeth daily.
And I am not one of them.
That’s right, if you’re searching for an alternative to brushing your dog’s teeth, you’re at the right address.
I’ve never cleaned my dog’s teeth the normal way and they are still sparkling white because I do care for them daily.
There are many alternatives for teeth brushing out there working with supplements like water additives or brushing dog teeth with coconut oil.
Disclaimer: Those alternatives are not for every dog and daily teeth brushing is still the most effective way of keeping your dog’s teeth and gums clean. Diets and genetics play a big role in oral health and if your dog is prone to gum problems, please speak to your vet for the best way. In general, large breeds have healthier teeth than small or toy breeds. If your dog is on a wet food diet, regular brushing will be your best bet.
Brushing Dog Teeth With Coconut Oil
I’m a long-time big fan of coconut oil for humans and dogs. This natural oil has so many qualities that are also very effective in fighting gum diseases and bacteria.
It’s also extremely yummy! The coconut oil I am using for my dog is the Stuart Pet Coconut Oil for Dogs.
Incorporating coconut oil into your daily schedule will not only benefit your dog’s teeth but also:
- Immune system
- Digestive system
It softens the tooth tartar after every use and makes it possible to just scrape the plague right off.
Amalia (my Rottweiler) gets four teaspoons of coconut oil in her breakfast every day to supplement her raw diet.
Meaty bones are an incredible way to scrape off the plague and she gets them every evening.
After that, I like to rub a bit of coconut oil onto her teeth and gums so they can really soak in all the benefits.
If you have some extra teeth cleaning toys like the
The recommended daily dose of coconut oil to brush dog teeth is 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds or 1 tablespoon for 30 pounds.
My Dog’s Teeth Cleaning Routine
After breakfast, I will rub a teaspoon of coconut oil onto my dog’s teeth and let it sit for a few minutes.
I will then go ahead and either give her a soaked chew toy or dental chews so she can get rid of all the plague herself while eating something yummy.
Her breakfast consists of fruits, vegetables, oil, supplements, eggs, and rumen while she gets muscle meat, meaty bones,
Many people swear by raw bones to clean their dog’s teeth and that’s what keeps them white in the wild.
Dogs rarely get any cavities because their teeth are differently formed and they don’t eat any sugar (or shouldn’t eat any sugar).
A healthy diet makes a great difference in your dog’s well being and I am all for it.
I like to give her a bit of coconut oil again to finish off the daily routine. During the day, I add this Pet Dental Care Solution to her water for nice breath and a clean mouth.
The vet always compliments her overall health and clean teeth which is mostly thanks to her diet.
We do get her teeth cleaned professionally once a year. Our veterinarian offers anesthesia-free deep cleaning which I am very grateful for. I know that it’s not a complete cleaning but as long as her teeth are so healthy, I don’t want to put her through that.
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Is It Safe to Brush Your Dogs Teeth with Baking Soda?
Definitely a big NO. Many sites suggest using baking soda to clean your dog’s teeth but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
First, baking soda tastes horrible. It will make your dog hate the daily brushing.
Second, it’s not safe for your dog to swallow. Baking soda contains alkaline which upsets the digestive system. It can release gasses leading to muscle spasms and heart failure.
Rather stick to dental sprays, gels, water additives and the coconut oil for teeth cleaning.
What Happens If You Don’t Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
Completely ignoring and neglecting your dog’s dental health will lead to some serious problems eventually.
I know that they are many people claiming that they have never cared for their dog’s dental health and they still reached 16 years
The first symptom of not brushing your dog’s teeth will probably be an unbearable breath caused by plaque build-up. The number of bacteria may lead to periodontal disease-causing infections, swollen gums,
Your dog may suffer from toothache or infection.
It’s not that easy to recognize hurting teeth in a dog but he may show it through constantly rubbing his mouth or refusing to eat.
The quicker teeth decay may eventually lead to tooth loss, leaving your dog with a lot of pain and unnecessary problems that will require veterinary attention. All health-related problems in dogs can become expensive really quickly and most of them can be easily prevented.
If you have doubts and want to be on the safe side, then brush or care for your dog’s teeth daily or at least three times a week. Imagine what would happen to your mouth if you wouldn’t brush your teeth two to three times a day.
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Many factors play into your dog’s dental health.
A raw diet plays a major role in preventing tartar buildup. Raw meat doesn’t stick to the teeth and contains lots of natural enzymes that help in keeping the mouth clean.
Genetics and the type of breed also influence dental health.
Chewing is really important and should be encouraged every day. My dog likes to chew on raw bones which provide the best possible way of keeping her teeth clean. Chew toys and dental chews are also an alternative.
Coconut oil can be used for brushing or added to your dog’s meals. It softens the tartar and keeps your dog healthy and happy. Supplementing his routine with water additives or dental sprays will make a huge difference in his oral hygiene.
Small and toy breeds have the most teeth problems and all the tips may not cut it for them.
Speak to your vet about deep cleanings and what their dental routine should look like. Every dog is different and different approaches won’t work for everyone.
What are your experiences with tooth brushing? Does your dog have great oral health? Let me know in the comments!