How to Clean a Dog's Teeth Without Brushing

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5 - 10 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Your dog’s teeth will need to be cleaned quite often in order to care for his oral health. His mouth isn’t always the cleanest, and his breath isn’t always the best. But sometimes brushing is not best for you or for your dog. Or maybe your dog is simply impossible when it comes to brushing his teeth and won’t allow brushing often enough--if at all. 

So, just what options do you have to keep those pearly whites healthy, clean, and looking beautiful without brushing? There are a few options to consider from chewing to spraying. Either way, make sure you are cleaning those teeth often enough to avoid problems later.

Dog's Perspective

If you brush your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush often, he might get used to the task, but it also may be something he tires of rather quickly. Giving him an option to keep his teeth clean without brushing is a great alternative to keep your pup happy while focusing on a clean healthy mouth.

The Sprays, Gels, and More Method

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Dental spray
Visit your local pet store or talk to your veterinarian to discuss oral sprays. These sprays taste good, freshen breath, and provide your dog’s mouth enzymes to break down plaque. Many sprays are slow to work because they work with natural saliva and drinking water, but they will assist in the breakdown of bacteria and plaque by altering the chemistry in your dog’s mouth.
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Rinse
Though you cannot expect your pup to stand at the sink and rinse his mouth with mouthwash, there are bacteria fighting rinses on the market that work with natural ingredients to break down plaque and tartar and reduce the amount of bacteria in the dog’s mouth. These products are typically added to your dog’s drinking water, so your pup doesn’t need to bother with the rinse and spit skill of human rinses.
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Gels
If you can get your fingers in your dog’s mouth, gels offer a great way to coat the teeth with safe and natural cleaning agents. Just apply these gels to your finger and rub gently onto your dog’s teeth for natural slow cleaning. Some gels come in great flavors like peanut butter that your pup will love. These gels work to fight bacteria build-up while protecting the teeth from future build-up as they stay on the teeth longer than sprays.
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Paste
As with gels, you can rub dog toothpaste directly onto your dog’s teeth using your finger. With the right paste, your dog’s teeth can get cleaned with a simple rub and leaving the paste on to work until your dog eats or drinks again. Be sure to use a high-quality natural paste for the best results.
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Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a natural bacteria buster. Rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can help eliminate food particles and plaque-causing bacteria. You can add coconut oil to your dog’s food or apply it directly to his teeth for precise benefits.
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The Chewing Method

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Hard bones
Bones can help chip off tartar and get beneath the gums to clean out the gum line. Chewing is something your dog naturally needs to do. Giving him raw bones will help remove built up tartar as well as plaque.
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Bully sticks
Tendons or bully sticks are large, firm pieces your dog can spend some time chewing. Like bones, they can help chip off hard tartar over time by chewing. They also taste great, so your pup will love them. Unlike bones, they soften a bit as they get wet, so dogs with sore mouths, young pups, or older dogs can also benefit from bully sticks.
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Dental treats
Visit your favorite pet store for dental treats. Be sure to get the right size for your dog so he’s able to chew on it long enough to work off plaque and tartar from his teeth. Giving your pup one dental treat a day can help keep his teeth strong and healthy. Some also help to freshen breath too.
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Hard foods
Carrots and hard fresh foods can help remove tartar from your dog’s teeth and gum line. Your dog may not need a bone every day, but a carrot a day may help keep the dentist away.
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Fresh foods
Firm dog foods such as kibble can help break off hard tartar and stuck on food from the teeth, but most dog’s crunch once and swallow. This doesn’t give your dog enough time with the hard kibble to break down anything on the teeth. A fresher diet can change the mouth’s chemistry and create more working enzymes in your dog’s saliva to get those teeth cleaner than with regular kibble.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Oral health for your dog is just as important as it is for you.
  • Your dog might suffer from pain and discomfort if his teeth and gums are not cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Red and puffy gums are a sign of poor dental health.
  • If your dog has dark brown spots on his teeth, cracked teeth, or a swollen gum line, there is a chance he has pain. Tooth pain isn’t fun for anyone, including your dog.
  • If your dog will let you brush his teeth at all, you can supplement weeks of no brushing with these alternatives.
  • Dogs who don’t allow brushing at all should do these steps more often and mix sprays, chewables, and harder bones more often to assist in tartar and plaque removal.
  • Some dogs can be trained to tolerate tooth brushing with time and practice, but others flat out refuse.
  • If you’re interested in training your dog to allow brushing, take your training slow and expect him to only allow you to get to a few teeth at a time until he gets used to the process.
  • Whether you are using toothpaste or other products to clean those pearly whites, consider using something tasty for your pup.

Conclusion

If brushing isn’t your dog’s favorite activity, he is not alone. But you can get his teeth pearly white again with the help of chewing and natural cleaning products. You won’t have to brush your pup’s teeth as often. Keep him your best friend by keeping him healthy and happy.

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