Human toothpaste is dangerous for dogs and contains ingredients that can make them ill and cause issues with their kidneys and liver. Toothpaste for dogs that you can buy at pet stores can be expensive and may contain questionable ingredients and chemical additives.
A homemade toothpaste is a healthy, safe herbal mixture that has plenty of health benefits and no junk or dangerous chemicals!
Let's discuss the benefits of the ingredients and how they work to promote dental health.
- Coconut oil: Unrefined, virgin coconut oil is a highly digestible healthy fat that improves absorption of the other ingredients, also acting as the base for this toothpaste recipe. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and is also a powerful deodorizer and can eliminate bad breath immediately.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural, safe way to whiten teeth. It is also antimicrobial and antibacterial, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants present in turmeric are also highly beneficial. Turmeric will also help prevent plaque build up.
- Parsley: Parsley acts as a mineral rich deodorizer that is also antibacterial. Parsley is also known to be anti-inflammatory and has the right vitamin and mineral mix to promote general dental health.
- Kelp: Kelp promotes plaque removal while supplying the mouth and body with chlorophyll and minerals. It is also antibacterial!
Homemade Dog Toothpaste Recipe:
It is ideal to use a very soft bristle toothbrush or a finger brush for your dogs. Rub the teeth gently and massage the gums lightly. Make sure this toothpaste is slightly warm (Do not microwave or cook this toothpaste in any way, as that will kill enzymes and nutrients. To soften it, simply place it in a warm water bath before using) so that it is soft enough to use.
For dogs who need intensive dental cleaning, it is ideal to brush their teeth every day for a week then switch to every other day. For dogs who just need maintenance you can brush two or three times a week.
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