Homemade Dog Toothpaste

by Pet Coupon Savings on October 28, 2013

This homemade dog toothpaste uses coconut oil, fresh mint leaves, cinnamon and more. A few ingredients make for a frugal and healthy way to help maintain your dog’s oral hygiene.

No matter how cute your dog is, once they pass that sweet puppy breath stage their doggie breath can be unbearable. Just like with humans, teeth plaque can build up and cause bad doggie breath. Having your dog’s teeth brushed professionally can get crazy expensive! It is simple to make your own homemade dog toothpaste, and just like you watch what ingredients are in your pup’s food and treats, you can control what goes into his toothpaste. Not only will brushing your pet’s teeth improve his breath but it is necessary to keep good oral care. Just like people they are susceptible to gum disease, which can lead to worse health problems. Try to brush your dogs teeth at least 2-3 times per week if not daily.

homemade dog toothpaste recipe

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Ingredients:

homemade dog toothpaste

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a small food processor or blender. Blend until mint leaves are finely chopped and all ingredients are combined well.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready for use.

To brush your dog’s teeth; Hold dog between your legs, reassuring your pup, and speaking in a soft voice.

You can either use a child’s soft toothbrush or slip your hand in a sock and use your index finger to scoop up small amount of toothpaste and brush using your finger.

Move gently over your dogs teeth, making small circles as you would to brush your teeth. Pay extra attention to back teeth and in between where food sticks.

After brushing use water on toothbrush or a clean washcloth to rinse your dogs mouth. Provide fresh water for him to drink and rinse more.

(Do not let your dog eat a large amount of toothpaste as coconut oil can give your pup diarrhea, and baking soda can cause electrolyte imbalance.)

Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Let us know if you try this Homemade Dog Toothpaste recipe!

See also:

Homemade Greenies Dog Treats (To keep your dog’s breath fresh in-between brushing.)

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Lilly October 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Wow that’s cool gonna have to try it on my dog :)


Alexia October 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

OMG! Love love this idea. My dogs HATE all the “toothpaste” brands I have bought thus far and I have to admit I had kinda given up. I will try this recipe! Thanks!


Pet Coupon Savings October 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Great! Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. :)


Alexia October 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Will do! Thanks again. P.S. I also posted it to my pinterest so others can try it. =)


Pet Coupon Savings October 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Thanks for sharing Alexia and for stopping by. :)


Sarah Elyce October 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I like these kinds of posts because I’m interested in making more of the stuff my dog uses/consumes to have control over the ingredients.


Pet Coupon Savings October 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Let me know if you give it a try. :) Thanks for stopping by!


Leilani Caoagdan October 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Thank you for sharing! I will also share with friends and family!


Pet Coupon Savings October 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Great, thanks! I hope that you all enjoy using this recipe for your dogs. Thanks for stopping by Leilani! :)


Delaney April 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

We visited the vet recently and we were told to work harder on our dog’s teeth (which we haven’t done anything before). So we found this recipe and our going to try it in about 10 minutes. I’m excited although my dog has no idea what’s coming haha. Anyway thanks for this awesome recipe and we hope our dogs like it so we can continue doing it daily or 2-3 times a week! Thanks again!


Pet Coupon Savings April 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Hi Delaney! I hope that this recipe works well for your dog, too. Let me know when you have your dog give it a try. :)


Delaney April 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

It went awesome. They didn’t like the toothbrush but they really like the toothpaste so thank you!!


Pet Coupon Savings April 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Great! I’m glad it worked well. :) Thanks for the update.


wendy August 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

i really want to try this but i dont have any coconut oil can i use a little bit of canola oil instead ?


Pet Coupon Savings September 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Hello Wendy! We highly recommend only using coconut oil for this recipe. Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits for dogs. You can substitute the canola oil but the healthy aspect of the toothpaste would diminish. Thanks for stopping by! :)


Donna September 1, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Does this need to be stored in the refrigerator? How long can it be safely stored?


Pet Coupon Savings September 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Hello Donna! Yes it should be stored in the refrigerator and can be stored up to 2 weeks (just to make sure the batch is fresh). Thanks for stopping by!


Jessibeth Vicenty October 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Does it remove plaque and keep their teeth clean? Or just give them a fresh breath?


Rebecca February 17, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Is the coconut oil suppose to be in liquid form? The kind I used was solid. Paste not thin nor does it look like the picture…


Pet Coupon Savings September 2, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Sorry just now seeing this. I would say that it needs to be slightly soft to start. Room temp.


amy September 6, 2015 at 9:44 PM

Hi Just wondering how long the dog toothpaste normally lasts, as in use by date. thankyou :)


Erin September 20, 2015 at 6:07 AM

How long does this keep in a sealed jar in fridge?


Shirley Bodine January 28, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Is this safe for a 4 year old Maltese whose 4 pounds? She’s my service dog. I have TBI & I have a partial empty sella in my brain.
Thank you,


Geneva May 18, 2017 at 8:23 AM

Hello I made this but it came out brown and very liquidity, is that okay?


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