How to clean your dog's teeth naturally

Dog Dental Care: DIY All Natural Teeth & Gum Paste for Dogs

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! 

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.

Make 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.

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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) or you can also use dental wipes specifically labeled for dogs.


  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!”