How to Brush a Dog's Teeth With Baking Soda

Medium
15 - 25 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Keeping your dog’s teeth in tip-top shape is important for his overall health. Helping him keep a well-maintain mouth will help him fight periodontal disease and freshen his breath. Brushing your dog’s teeth with baking soda helps to clean off tartar, which can build up under the gum line and cause periodontal disease. Baking soda can also help kill bacteria that can grow in your dog’s mouth, causing disease and infections. If your dog’s teeth are left uncleaned, future problems can occur in his mouth and spread disease throughout his entire body. Train your dog to brush his teeth and keep up with his oral hygiene using baking soda to keep those pearly whites beautiful. 

Dog's Perspective

If your dog is not used to having his teeth brushed, you may need to train him how to tolerate it. He may feel anxious, but with a slow introduction to the toothbrush and the baking soda mixture, you can coax him into getting used to having a clean and healthy mouth. 

The Start Slow Method

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Fingers
If your dog is not used to having his teeth brushed, start by getting him used to having fingers and the toothbrush in his mouth before you try to brush his teeth.
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Baking soda paste
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a teaspoon of water and mix until you have a baking soda paste. You want it to be thick, but pliable.
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Toothbrush
After your dog has had time to get used to your fingers in his mouth, introduce the dog toothbrush. Let your pup sniff it and investigate as he wishes. Place it in his mouth and touch it to his teeth a few times.
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Toothpaste
Use a small amount of your baking soda toothpaste to introduce the taste to your dog. Place some on the toothbrush and brush a few teeth as you open your dog’s mouth or lift his gums. Baking soda tastes salty and is not very tasty, so use a small amount at first and work on just a few teeth at a time.
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45-degree angle
Turn the toothbrush to a 45-degree angle to brush your dog’s gum line. The baking soda will help remove bacteria hiding on the gum line.
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Brush
Brush as many teeth as your dog will allow the first few times. As he gets used to brushing, you should be able to brush more teeth. Be sure you are lifting his jowls and brushing the teeth as well as below the gum line.
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Reward
When you are done brushing, even if it’s only a few teeth, give your dog a reward in the form of a treat. Be sure to reward your dog each time he allows you to brush his teeth.
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The Holding On Method

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Prepare
Make a baking soda mixture with baking soda and water. Place a bit of the mixture on a dog toothbrush and get ready to brush.
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Hold your pup
Holding a small dog while brushing his teeth is easier than holding a larger dog. If you are working with a larger dog, you may need a partner to hold the dog’s head for you while you brush his teeth. Gently hold your dog at shoulder level, keeping his head still.
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Lift lips
Using the arm around your dog’s shoulders, lift the dog’s upper lips to reveal the upper teeth and gums.
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Brush
With the upper lips pulled up, use the dog toothbrush and a small amount of the baking soda paste to gently brush the teeth. Try to get as much baking soda on the teeth as possible.
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Gums
Be sure to work the gums as well using the brush and baking soda mixture. Try to get to as many teeth and gums as your dog will allow.
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Bottom teeth
Repeat this process for the bottom teeth. You’ll need to lift his top jaw up or entice him to open his mouth so you can get the toothbrush onto his bottom teeth. Brush as many as your dog will allow using the baking soda and water mixture.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Regular brushing can keep your dog’s overall health in check. Bacteria can spread to other areas of your dog’s body through periodontal disease.
  • You can train your dog to learn to brush and reward him for a job well done.
  • Brushing teeth helps to remove plaque.
  • Regular brushing can improve overall health.
  • Do not use people toothpaste on your dog’s teeth. Some pastes contain ingredients which can cause injury or at the very least, a bad tummy ache for your dog. Others contain xylitol and fluoride which are poisonous to dogs.
  • If your dog is nervous about brushing, start with your finger before you move on to using a toothbrush.
  • Don’t hesitate to take a break and do a few teeth at a time as your dog is learning.
  • Your veterinarian can give your dog regular dental cleanings. The vet tech will also take a close look at your dog’s gums to ensure they are healthy.
  • Veterinarians say as much as 65% of periodontal disease goes untreated. This can be dangerous for your dog’s overall health.
  • Regular brushing can improve your pup’s overall health. Brushing with baking soda can show vast improvement in dirty and unhealthy teeth after only a few brushings. 

Conclusion

Get those pearly whites clean with the power of baking soda. Give your dog a powerful white bite without the trouble of painful teeth and care for his chompers his whole life. Your pup will thank you for the love and care with kisses from a fresher mouth.  

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