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

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Medium
10 - 15 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

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. 

The Fingers to Brush Method

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Bland fingers
Start with your fingers and nothing on them. Take one finger and rub it along your dog’s front teeth. Try to open his mouth wider to run your finger across his back teeth as well. This will help your little guy get used to having something in his mouth and touching his teeth.
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Make paste
Pour a tablespoon of baking soda into a small bowl and add a teaspoon of water. Mix the paste until it has the thickness and texture you’d like. Your small dog might like more water than baking soda at first. Eventually, it should be a thick, pliable paste.
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Fingers again
Repeat the first step using your fingers along your small dog’s teeth, only this time add a bit of the baking soda paste to your fingertip.
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Toothbrush
Once your small dog has allowed you to brush his teeth with your finger once or twice, introduce a small toothbrush with the baking soda paste on it. Give your little guy some time to sniff the toothbrush before adding the paste and placing it in his mouth.
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Baking soda paste
Place a small drop of baking soda paste into the toothbrush and brush your small dog’s teeth using the same method you used with your fingers. Run the toothbrush in circular motions around the teeth in the front. Lift your small dog’s upper jaw and move the toothbrush to the back teeth for cleaning.
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Angle
Angle the small toothbrush to 45-degrees to get the gumline clean. Remember, baking soda can help kill bacteria, so be sure to get the gumline with additional baking soda on the brush.
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Reward
Always give your little guy a treat for brushing his teeth. Though it might feel silly to give him food after brushing, it will keep him coming back and motivated each time knowing he gets a treat in the end.
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The Hold Tight Method

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Prepare
Prepare the baking soda toothpaste in advance by mixing a small amount of warm water with baking soda until you have the consistency you’d like for a gentle paste. Place a small amount of your baking soda paste on a small toothbrush for your dog.
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Hold your pup
Holding your small dog is easy if you can secure him in one arm and hold that same arm over his head. Try to keep your little guy’s head still.
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Raise lips
Lift your dog’s upper lips using the toothbrush prepped with baking soda toothpaste. This will reveal his upper and lower front teeth.
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Brush teeth
With the front teeth revealed, brush your dog’s teeth using small circular strokes spreading the baking soda across the teeth.
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Back teeth
Using the arm holding your little guy and lift up his upper jaw to reveal his back teeth. Brush his upper and lower back teeth with the toothbrush loaded with baking soda.
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Gums
Angle the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to brush the gum line all around his mouth. This will keep his gums healthy and free of debris that can cause plaque.
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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.

Conclusion

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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