6 Safe Homemade Dog Toothpaste

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Written By: Angela Jakeson

6 Safe Homemade Dog Toothpaste
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Dogs can suffer from dental problems, like plaque and tartar buildup, that leads to tooth decay, bad breath, and gum infection. Brushing your dog’s teeth is one way to help maintain his oral health. But if you’re worried about the safety of store-bought dog toothpaste, you can make your own using safe and natural ingredients.

Here are 6 homemade dog toothpaste recipes that will freshen up your dog’s breath and protect him from periodontal diseases.

1. Two-ingredient homemade dog toothpaste

“What can I use if I don’t have dog toothpaste?” is a frequently asked question by many dog owners. Baking soda, which is an odor neutralizer, and water are the only natural ingredients you need to make a DIY dog toothpaste in a jiffy.

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What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. In a small bowl, pour in the baking soda and water.
  2. Use a spoon to combine the two ingredients. Stir until the mixture has a paste-like texture.
  3. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge to make this DIY toothpaste last for up to 5 days.

2. Homemade dog toothpaste with coconut oil

What is a good homemade toothpaste for dogs? Using coconut oil to create a DIY dog toothpaste for teeth cleaning works great in keeping your dog’s breath fresh. It also has antimicrobial properties that ward off teeth-decaying bacteria.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/8 tablespoon fresh parsley

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and then puree.
  2. Pulse up to 6 times. Make sure the fresh parsley is properly blended together with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Storing this homemade dog toothpaste in an airtight container will make it last for up to 3 weeks.


Coconut oil can become solid. To bring back its soft consistency, put the coconut oil inside a jar and place it in warm water.

3. Homemade dog toothpaste with turmeric

Another question commonly asked by pet parents is: “What can I brush my dog’s teeth with instead of toothpaste?” Try out the DIY turmeric dog toothpaste. Turmeric possesses powerful anti-inflammatory, antiviral,  and antibacterial properties. They help eliminate harmful bacteria in your dog’s mouth.

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What you need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Combine them thoroughly using a spoon.
  3. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator between uses. This homemade dog toothpaste can last up to 5 days.

4. Beef bouillon-flavored homemade dog toothpaste

Is your dog averse to tooth brushing? Incorporating flavors your dog loves in the DIY toothpaste will encourage him to go through the whole toothbrushing process.

Since most dogs enjoy meaty flavors, we came up with this beef-bouillon homemade dog toothpaste recipe. It also contains mint leaves which neutralize bad breath.

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What you need:

  • 1 powder packet beef bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 6 chopped mint leaves
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. In a small bowl, completely dissolve the beef bouillon powder in water.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  3. This homemade toothpaste for dogs can last up to 3 days if stored in a resealable container.


If beef bouillon powder is not available, its cube form will do. Break it down into powder before mixing it with water for easier dissolution.

5. Peanut butter-flavored homemade dog toothpaste.

Many dogs cannot say no to the delicious taste of peanut butter. If teeth brushing your dog is difficult, this DIY dog toothpaste will turn this into an enjoyable activity for him.

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What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened, all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon water

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. Stir the ingredients until well-combined in a small bowl.
  2. Store and refrigerate any leftovers after using. This homemade dog toothpaste has a shelf-life of 5 days.


Some peanut butter contains xylitol which is highly toxic for dogs. Before purchasing peanut butter, check its label to make sure it is xylitol-free,

6. Homemade dog toothpaste with essential oils

Several essential oils are good for your dog’s dental health. One of them is myrrh essential oil. Its antimicrobial properties can remedy many dental ailments in dogs, such as swollen gums and bad breath.

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What you need:

  • 6 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

How to create this homemade dog toothpaste:

  1. Mix coconut oil and baking soda in a small bowl until properly combined.
  2. Carefully pour 6 drops of myrrh essential oil into the mixture.
  3. Thoroughly stir the mixture using a spoon for 1 minute.
  4. Transfer the homemade dog toothpaste to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

How to make homemade dog toothpaste?

Making homemade dog toothpaste is relatively easy. All you have to do is choose and combine dog-safe ingredients with dental protective qualities. As mentioned in our DIY dog toothpaste recipes, baking soda, turmeric, mint leaves, and myrrh essential oil are great options.

Why not use human toothpaste?

Human toothpaste commonly uses xylitol as an artificial sweetener. If dogs ingest human toothpaste, severe health issues, from digestive problems to liver damage and acute poisoning, may occur. Therefore, never brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste.

What can I brush my dog’s teeth with at home?

Children’s toothbrushes are a safe substitute when no dog toothbrushes are available at home. They have soft brushes so they won’t hurt your dog’s mouth and gums. Other alternatives are soft cloth or simply your finger.

Just apply a pea-sized amount of homemade dog toothpaste to your choice of alternative toothbrush and start brushing your pet’s teeth. Use gentle rubbing motions as harsh movements can hurt or put your dog in distress.