How to Brush a Small Dog's Teeth With Baking Soda

10 - 15 Minutes
1 Week


Baking soda is a great product to use to eliminate bacteria and clean problem areas on your dog’s teeth. Making a baking soda toothpaste for your small dog is very simple and easy to do. 

Brushing your dog's teeth is important for his overall health. Small dogs have small faces, which may cause dental problems to begin with. Your small dog’s oral health is going to be closely tied to his overall health. Be sure you're brushing your dog's teeth and maintaining his overall health so he does not develop periodontal disease, causing harm in his tiny mouth and throughout his little body. Baking soda is a natural cleaner that is used to whiten, clean, and deodorize your dog's mouth, teeth, and gums. Baking soda is also great for killing bacteria along the gumline and between the teeth. Brushing with baking soda helps prevent oral health troubles.

Dog's Perspective

Baking soda does not taste all that great. So your little guy might be a bit apprehensive about having his teeth brushed with baking soda. If your dog is used to having his teeth brushed already, you might begin adding baking soda to his toothpaste a little at a time. Over time, you can decrease the amount of toothpaste and increase the amount of baking soda until you are using baking soda every time. For the first few sessions make them short and simple, and always reward your little guy for tolerance and patience. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Taking care of your dog’s dental health should be part of regular grooming as well as regular veterinary check-up visits.
  • Periodontal disease can be the root cause of a multitude of problems with your dog’s overall health. Not only can he lose his teeth and experience bone loss, but he could also develop major organ problems as a result of poor dental care.
  • Brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis is the best way to get him used to the act of teeth brushing.
  • Baking soda is a great natural ingredient for homemade toothpaste.
  • Baking soda fights bacteria growth at the gum line where periodontal disease starts.
  • Be sure to brush as much of the tooth surface as your dog will allow, to keep every tooth healthy and clean.
  • Train your small dog to tolerate brushing his teeth by offering a tasty reward at the end. This will also help to remove the salty taste of baking soda from your dog’s mouth.
  • Do not use or mix human toothpaste with baking soda on your dog’s teeth. Human toothpaste is harmful to dogs.
  • If your small dog is nervous or intolerant of brushing his teeth, brush his mouth in sections during different sessions.


Give your small dog a big healthy smile with the power of water and baking soda together. His big pearly whites will be healthy and clean, and brushing will support his overall health and give him a barking good smile.

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