I was recently reading an article regarding how pet owners still aren’t getting the importance of caring for their dog’s teeth.  FYI, the plaque and tarter caked on your dog’s teeth is doing more harm to your dog than just looking bad. Did you know that your dog (or cat’s) oral health / dental care for older dogs is the second most important indicator that your vet uses to determine your pet’s overall health?

Unfortunately, pet owners barely ever look at their dog’s teeth at all or relate any health issues the dog may be having to the quality of their dog’s teeth.

If you’re one of these pet owners, make a change today and start lifting up those jowls and taking a good hard look into your dog’s mouth regularly.  Does your dog have bad breath?  If so, there is no polite way to say this, but you’re not doing your job.

But, don’t feel bad, it’s never to late to start the task of caring for your dog’s teeth daily! Here’s a short video that discusses how to tell if your dog’s teeth are abscessed.

How to Clean a Dog’s Teeth & Eliminate Infection

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth Is Much Easier Than It Used To Be!

Lets talk about how easy it can be for dog owners to clean their dog’s teeth right at home with great results.  There are a lot of sprays available now, but in our opinion, none can really do the job like our very own natural dog bad breath home remedy to clean your dog’s teeth that we share below for dental care of older dogs.

I think that many dog and cat owners don’t realize the options available to them for caring for their pets’ teeth today. They go to the vet and the vet tells the owner that many of the dog’s problems are due to his teeth. The vet recommends putting the dog under anesthesia and cleaning the teeth.  He shares the cost and risks with the owner and now the owner struggles with what to do.

Caring for your dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. On the other hand, please don’t rely on biscuits and bones to do the job because they simply DO NOT WORK (unless feeding a raw diet that includes bones).


This is an inflammation of the gums which is caused by the build-up of plaque, tarter and disease-inducing bacteria above and below the gum line. Symptoms include: red and swollen gums, bleeding at the gum line and bad breath. Can be reversed with regular teeth cleaning.

Periodontal & Gum Disease

This is an infection between the teeth and gums and it is very, very painful. Besides resulting in tooth loss, it can spread the infection to the heart and throughout the body. Bad dental hygiene is a huge contributor to heart disease in both people and pets.

Symptoms include tooth pain, loose teeth, sneezing, nasal discharge and bad breath.

The good news is that both Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis can also be treated and I’ll share with you how to do this below.

diy natural tooth and gum paste for dogsMake Your Own Natural Tooth and Gum Paste for Dogs that Really Works!

Remember, don’t wait until your dog is old and the mouth smells, the teeth are painfully caked with tarter and the dogs’ gums bleeding to start this process.

However, if your old dog’s mouth is in this condition, then the following dog bad breath home remedy is perfect for you to start immediately!

For many years we recommended a natural spray on this page. With a lot of effort, it did work, but we still weren’t as impressed as we are with the natural remedy we created to clean your dog’s teeth without a brush, remove tarter and heal bleeding gums.

Plus, it’s safe and goes a long way if you use the products we recommend. Plus, it will save you money.

How can I treat my dogs gum disease naturally?

Ingredients needed:

1/8 teaspoon of Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder – this is the one that we now use from Amazon.

2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay (you’ll use 1 tsp or less of this by itself alone after you clean the teeth with the recipe here) – We use this one from Earth’s Natural (it’s 100% pure).

1/8 teaspoon Bone Meal (containing calcium, phosphorus and magnesium – NO vitamin D). This is the brand we prefer: Bone Meal

1/4 cup filtered water slightly warmed. Temperature is important especially for dogs who have painful teeth and gums.

Clean white non-shedding cotton cloth (like a man’s t shirt).


  1. Mix all of the above dry ingredients together while putting aside 1 of the teaspoons of Bentonite Clay (so you’re mixing in 1 teaspoon of dry clay).
  2. If your dog’s teeth are really bad, be gentle. Decaying teeth are VERY painful.
  3. We used to recommend using gauze, but it would fall apart, so we recommend using a non-shedding cotton cloth instead.
  4. Cut a clean white cotton t shirt like a man’s basic white t shirt into a small squares roughly 4″ x 4″ in size to clean the teeth with. Or whatever size works for you.  DO NOT use any cloth that sheds or will leave pieces of material behind in your dog’s mouth. You can wash and use these again and again (just don’t use fabric softner on them when you dry them in the dryer). They won’t come out sparkling white, but that’s okay. DON’T use chlorox.
  5. Once wrapped around the top of your finger, slightly dampen the cloth in the water and then tap your finger into the dry ingredient mixture. With your other index finger, open you dog’s jowl so that you can see the teeth. Gently rub the cloth across each tooth in circular motions on the top and bottom paying VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to those back molars. Make sure you keep wetting the cloth and adding the dry mixture to it.  
  6. Next. With a clean piece of cloth, again dampen it in the water and tap your finger into the Bentonite Clay and gently press some bentonite clay all along the top and bottom gum lines. If the additional teaspoon isn’t enough, add more. You can also to this with your dampened finger.  You want to be able to see the clay packed along the gum line. NOT A LOT OF CLAY PACKED ON THE GUMLINE. Use common sense. A small amount above each tooth.
  7. DON’T ALLOW YOUR DOG TO DRINK WATER RIGHT AFTER. You  want the the clay to absorb the bacteria within the gums.

If your dog’s teeth are real bad, do this daily until you get them under control. For general maintenance, do every three days.

You might have to GENTLY use your finger nail to get up underneath the tarter  (after about a week) of using if the tarter doesn’t fall off on its own. Again, you have to be EXTREMELY GENTLE when using your finger nail or any tools for the teeth when they are already painful and sore.

We would love to hear your stories if you use our natural remedy for your dog’s teeth. Please share with us.

Reader testimonial after using our recipe and instructions above 10/17/18 T. O’Brien …

“Thank you so much for this article! I ordered the activated charcoal for dogs teeth and bentonite clay for my old German Shepherd’s horrible teeth and gums. In only three days of “brushing” her teeth with the instructions you provided, I have noticed a huge difference. Her breath has improved dramatically, which I assume is from the clay absorbing the bacteria from her gumline, and her gums no longer bleed when I brush them. I have tried so many dog toothpastes, enzyme sprays, water additives, etc., and none of them have given me these results. The best part is, the charcoal and clay are all natural and actually good for her!”

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  • Corinne

    This has done wonders for both my dogs teeth. Started showing a difference in a few days!

  • Di

    If the clay absorbs the bacteria, eventually, isn’t it ingested?
    The recipe looks like a real winner. My first choice over the DentaSure.
    Thank you for the information, ideas and suggestions.

    • janie

      Hi Di:

      Yes, once the clay is placed on the gums, it does absorb the bacteria and is eventually ingested. However the bacteria is already being ingested. The clay will absorb the bacteria and be expelled thru the body as waste.

      I’m glad you like the recipe. I hope it works for you. Please write us back and share your experience (whether good or bad) for other readers.

      Warmest regards,

  • Kathy Chiavola

    Thrilled to find you! My nearly 16 year old schnoodle has always eaten a raw diet, never had her teeth cleaned and has been diagnosed with Cushing’s, CLL, a heart murmur and severe dental disease. Although Hawthorne berry drops have lowered her murmur from a 5 to a 2 vet says anesthesia is too risky. So we are following your regimen (much like my own). Two questions:
    1. I already had a jar of hydrated bentonite clay mixed with coconut oil 50/50 which I slather on her gums after applying the charcoal powder. Is that an ok substitute for the dry clay powder you recommend?
    2. I tried to use the 2”x3” adherent pads you recommend for application but they barely wrap around my small index finger and won’t stay on causing a big mess. So I’ve been using my finger to apply; much easier. Please advise. Thank you!!!

    • janie

      Hi Kathy:

      I’m glad you found us too. I hope we can help!

      It’s definitely okay to use the 50/50 powder you have on hand. Regarding the adherent pads; it’s alot easier to actually use an old clean cloth like a white t shirt cut into pieces. A material that doesn’t shed or leave shedding in the mouth. I need to change the article to reflect it.

      Let me know how it goes. It can take a little time, but be consistent and try if necessary gently use a dental scraper if it doesn’t fall off on its own. Be VERY GENTLE on her teeth when using it.


    • TJ

      Hi Kathy~
      I noticed you said your baby has cushings. I just wanted to recommend Rick Scheyer at doglivershunt if you haven’t run across his site already. My mini dachsund had elevated liver enzymes which the vet said could possibly be cushings. After six months on Ricks protocol, her enzymes came WAY down! I couldn’t be happier.
      (I don’t profit in any way from this recommendation)
      Best wishes for you and your pup!

  • Su

    Thank you for hosting such an informative website. I must say that I tried the DentaSure exactly as you recommended when I found out that my 3.5 year old pup had Pariodontal disease. He didn’t have much discolorization, but what he had did not go away and his gums did not improve. And I never did find any photos of before and after of anyone who has used it. It did not improve his situation and I found an animal dentist who had to extract 6 of his teeth and did an amazing job of cleaning his teeth. Unfortunately, the recessed gums and bone loss, I’ve been told, will not recover. His gums are healthy, but still recessed. In spite of that knowledge from the dentist, I have been trying bone broth for remineralization and Co-enzyme Q10 for gum cell support…And I brush his teeth every night as I promised the dentist who wanted to pull more teeth if I didn’t adhere.

    I will say, I brushed his teeth before we discovered the disease, but not every night. He said that plaque can calcify in three days, so not to go more than 2 days without brushing. They think his problem may be genetic, but I am still suspect of DentaSure and the promise of curing pariodontal disease, or even improving the damage from it.

  • Jami

    I can’t seem to find DentaSure anywhere. Where is the website?

    • janie

      Hi Jami!

      This will take you directly to the website: DentaSure

      I hope this helps.


  • Sharon Laine

    Hello, could you please tell me where I can get this DENTASURE? My “old man” ( Chihuahua) has BAD teeth and from what you’re saying, it sounds like he has Peradonial disease. Thank you so much for your help. I just came across your page and I love it! Sincerely, Little Bit’s mom!

    • janie

      Hi Sharon:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little “old man”. Here’s a link to look into DentaSure for him. You can only get it online. You can read the testimonials. Dentasure Link

      Because his teeth are so bad, it would also be a very good idea to include Bentonite Clay daily. The clay will absorb any toxins in the body from oral infection as well as any other toxins in the blood, kidneys and liver. It’s cheap and very effective.

      You can add 1/2 teaspoon daily clay to 1-1/2 teaspoon filtered water or WET FOOD. DO NOT use a metal spoon or metal bowl when including clay. Use a plastic spoon and a glass or ceramic bowl to feed when it includes the clay.
      The brand we recommend is Earths Natural Clay and can be found here.

      It’s very good for your little man and can help with many things.

      I hope this helps you Sharon and “Little Bit”.


  • Bill


    We have a older chihuahua she’s going on 13 yrs old. She has really bad teeth and terrible breath. We are afraid to take her to have her put under at the vet for cleaning. Would Dentasure be ok to try? What about causing and liver or kidney problems? Would like to find a better way to get this under control before it causes her additional medical problems.

    • janie

      Hi Bill:

      Does your old girl currently have kidney and liver issues?


  • April


    I see you mentioned a couple products – Pets Are Kids Too dental spray and Dentasure. For an older dog with whats looks like quite a bit of tarter build up (have not done a dental cleaning before) which product do you recommend or do I use both? Our dog has two loose front teeth from what I can tell.


    • janie

      Hi April:

      I do mention a few different products and at the time this article was written, there still wasn’t too much available. I plan on changing and updating this page as I get some time.

      The product that I think you should look into, is actually neither of these. I recommended a product called PlaqueOff to my brother to try and he loved it for his Vizla’s. You actually feed it your dog.

      I would definitely read the reviews on this and see what you think. You can see the reviews here on Amazon: Plaque Off Powder Reviews

      I hope this helps! **NOTE: the product is iodine from seaweed, so if your dog has an existing thyroid condition, don’t use!!!!


  • Meghan

    Thank you for making this post. The vet I went to in Ottawa at Beechwood Animal Hospital DID NOT EVEN SUGGEST ANY ALTERNATIVES besides insisting my rescue dog get a dental cleaning despite the quote being $700 and I am a student. It really seems like SOME vets here are only trying to make money rather than helping out pet owners.

    • janie

      Hi Meghan:

      Yes, many of these vets are now in it for the money. Sadly! I need to change that page that you left the comment on. I have a few other recommendations that might be better for your dog.

      I recommend doing two things: first, use a spray like this one from Pets Are Kids Too AND gently, very gently use a plaque/tarter scaler such as this one which is the same one that I use. BE VERY GENTLE, BUT SCRAPE OFF WHAT YOU CAN A LITTLE AT A TIME. It’s important to just do a little at a time. Don’t cause your dog pain.

      I hope this helps!


  • Tammy beanland

    My dog has very bad tarter and when I went get them cleaned they found he has a bad heart..but they felt a lot of it is caused from his teeth.they won’t give him antibiotics so he will continue to decline There is a chance it will get better if his teeth do.Is it safe to use on him.please let me know…I don’t want to lose him yet….

    • janie

      Hi Tammy:

      I’m sorry to hear about your boy. Please share what you feed him (diet, supplements and treats). What are you doing with teeth after the cleaning?

      Please read our page on heart disease here.


  • kim

    Will this help if the teeth are already loose? Or should I have them cleaned first and then start using this product?

    • janie

      If the teeth are loose, you definitely need to have a vet take a look because if they’re loose, they may need pulled.

      If you can have teeth cleaned first, then that will certainly help you by starting out with a clean set of chompers and using the DentaSure for general maintenance.


  • Debbie

    I want to try Dentasure on my 10 year old toy poodle, because I think she is to old for anethesia. My question is, there is a lot of gray gunk around her gums, and I’m worried that she will digest all that bacteria. How does that stuff work?
    Thank you,

    • admin

      Hi Debbie:
      I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I wanted to check with Natural Wonder Products regarding your question. Personally, I’ve never had a problem even with older rescue dogs whose teeth are often in very bad shape. Anyway, here’s what Gary had to say:

      Hi Janie,
      The gray junk around her dog’s teeth is indeed filled with bacteria and is often mechanically removed during a scaling by a conventional vet. This can be a $300 to $700 procedure, but is very effective. DentaSure will kill the bacteria and – yes – her dog will swallow it.

      While it’s a disgusting thought, dead bacteria are no more harmful to the system than drinking water is. Dogs and humans swallow live bacteria with every swallow. This is of no consequence due to the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which kills off most of the population before it enters the system. The immune system should take care of any survivors.

      If she’s still worried about her dog swallowing bacteria – alive or dead – she can balance her dog’s immune system with our Primalix Immune Herbal Extract – Functional Food Drops. An even better combo is the Primalix Immune and MaxoTox Herbal-Mineral Detoxicant. Imagine how healthy her dog would be with a strong immune system, reduced toxins from food and the environment, AND clean, white, bacteria-free teeth!

      Hope this helps.

      So, I hope this helps Debbie.
      Janie 😮

  • Vicki Holt

    Thank you Janie, that is probably the most helpful blog post I’ve read in a long time. I have three senior pets, one a little 10 pound poodle who is like a pirrhana when I try to brush his teeth, another a now-mosty-tamed feral cat who wouldn’t think of allowing a toothbrush in, and a bit 90 pound dog who gets completely squirrely at the thought of dental care. They’re all too old to be anesthetizing unnecessarily for dentals, so I’m thrilled to hear about DentaSure. I’m going to order some today. I’ll let you know how it goes with my pack.

    • admin

      Hi Vicki:
      Thank you and I’m glad that you found the post helpful. I always had so much difficulty with brushing my dog’s teeth and it became more like going through the motions, but not really doing the job. I too was thrilled to find DentaSure, but even more thrilled that it actually worked. I now use alot of their products including the flea and tick spray too.

      I would really love your feedback after you try it out Vicki. You have quite a little pack there; I would love to see a picture. 😮

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