The best homemade, natural dog toothpaste provides:

  • Gentle abrasion to clean teeth
  • Natural plaque prevention
  • Naturally anti-microbial cleansing
  • Minerals to support dental health nutritionally
  • Acidity reduction to prevent tooth decay
  • Gum tightening and increased blood circulation

All of the above factors combine for optimum oral health as a whole, while also cleansing and preventing  (or treating) gum disease (such as pyorrhea and gingivitis).

This creamy, homemade dog toothpaste recipe has a vegetable glycerin base to dilute essential oils and make the ingredients more palatable to your dog. We included powdered ingredients to add more soft abrasion, along with a few essential oils for instant anti-microbial effects.  The result is an effective herbal canine toothpaste that cleans, provides nutritional and immune system support, prevents bleeding gums, and offers anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Holistic Dog Toothpaste Recipe For Healthy Teeth and Gums

Dog Natural Toothpaste Recipe
Dogs can naturally clean their teeth by chewing bones or other chew-safe items.

Formulated by AllNaturalPetCare.com

1/4 cup Food-grade Calcium Montmorillonite Clay (Plaque removal, purifies, adds minerals, lowers acidity, soothes)
1 TBSP Thyme leaf powder (Anti-inflammatory and astringent)
2 TBSP Powdered seaweed (Plaque removal, chlorophyll content, anti-bacterial, lowers acidity, adds minerals)
1/4 tsp Turmeric (Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, circulation, molecular prevention of plaque build-up)
1/2 cup Food-grade vegetable glycerin (not to be confused with synthetic glycerin or fuel byproduct glycerin)
2 Drops Goldenseal Essential Oil (Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, supports immunity) Should not be used for pregnant dogs.

  1. Mix vegetable glycerin, myrrh and goldenseal together in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Use a fork or whisk to mix until well blended.
  2. Store in an opaque, airtight container and keep cool.
  3. Brush once or twice per day for about two minutes.

Note: Sanguinarine from Bloodroot is sometimes recommended for homemade toothpaste, but it has been associated with leukoplakic lesions and we strongly recommend that it be avoided.

All Natural Pet Care Blog Comment - Dog ToothpasteDo you brush your dog’s teeth?  What kind of toothpaste do you use?  Please share your experiences in the comments below.

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  1. Well he didn’t know what to think at first but he did tolerate the brushing and didn’t seem to mind the taste.

  2. Hi! I’m excited to try the toothpaste. I’ve prepared it and given a taste to my finicky dogs. Thought I’d give it to them as a treat at first. They did not like it. Any suggestions to make the paste more palatable? Thanks!

    • Some dogs may object to the taste of turmeric, so you could try using less of that or eliminate it. If they like the taste of mint, a drop of peppermint oil is both helpful and safe. Otherwise, they may need to be trained to endure it by making the experience as pleasant as possible with lots of praise and a healthy treat when you’re done. Use the same tone you use when you do something they love like going for a walk, for example. Don’t worry about being thorough at first, every bit helps and you can gradually increase the length of the sessions. Good luck!

  3. Is it possible to use this recipe for Cats aswell ?
    Im looking for a natural toothpaste for cats.

    • Cats are very sensitive to essential oils so the recipe is formulated just for dogs. You could combine the clay & seaweed into a paste for cats. 🙂

  4. I too left out the goldenseal until I can find it on sale somewhere but it’s still doing a fabulous job on my dog’s gum disease.

  5. It’s working! There’s truly a difference in my dogs mouth, not only his teeth. Please keep posting this kind of valuable information because its truly appreciated.

  6. I was just devastated when I found out my 4 year old pup was in early gum disease. I’m going to try this toothpaste and brush every single day.

  7. That recipe is amazing! My dog won’t have anything to do with any dog toothpaste I’ve tried but hopefully he allow this one.

  8. I just returned from a vet checkup and he loves this toothpaste recipe! He can’t believe the difference in my dog’s gums (he has gum disease). 🙂 Thank you so much for posting the recipe!

  9. It did take some time to get all the ingredients together but I’m here to tell you it’s worth it!

  10. This toothpaste has noticeably improved my dog’s mouth as a whole and he doesn’t mind it too much. I hope you’ll post more recipes!

  11. I make my own toothpaste recipe for my family and I’m so happy to have one for the dog too. I can use some of the ingredients for the family toothpaste too.

  12. Thanks! Now I can use toothpaste to bring something good into my dog’s diet instead of adding more chemicals like the toothpaste products do.

  13. We’ve always made homemade toothpaste for our dogs but I think I may add some of your recipe ideas.

  14. I love how this toothpaste recipe has other benefits for my dogs. Thanks so much for putting so much thought into your posts.

  15. I’m a newly licensed holistic veterinarian and I have spent a lot of time collecting outstanding recipes like this one for use and recommendation in my practice. Dogs respond every bit as well as humans to natural therapies and they’ve been denied it for too long. Thank you for your time, effort and willingness to share your impressive knowledge.

  16. Don’t tell my dogs, but the ingredients have all arrived and we’ll be trying the toothpaste this weekend 🙂

  17. WOW…..very impressive holistic toothpaste recipe that my dog is sure to benefit from….thank you!

  18. That’s a good point Lizzy’s Puppies! Vets have to specialize in a lot of things! I brush my dog’s teeth every other day and I’m really glad that I can make my own natural dog toothpaste now instead of buying whatever-in-a-tube!

  19. I wonder why do humans have doctors & dentists but pets only have veterinarians to do both? Either way we should brush teeth in dogs & cats a few times every week.

  20. hi,
    i am mickry,
    i have two dogs,so i want to get some information about teeth health,our dog teeth weekly,so give me good health suggestion for teeth health.
    Thanks

  21. I had to wonder if it was worth tracking down the ingredients for this toothpaste but my dog’s mouth looks so much better already. Even his gums look more healthy and there’s no bleeding. Thanks for this post.

  22. I finally got all of the ingredients and tried the natural toothpaste out on my dogs last night……….they’ve never had their teeth brushed before and I was surprised at how easy it was…….they didn’t mind a bit.

  23. Maybe it’s mind over matter but I believe my dogs teeth already look better because of this toothpaste.

  24. This toothpaste recipe is the best!! I wish more people would put this much effort into something before they slap holistic on it.

  25. HA HA HA You should have seen the look on my dogs face when I started brushing his teeth with this toothpaste! He didn’t quite know what to think of the taste but he let me finish.

  26. I have all but the goldenseal in my dog’s homemade toothpaste. I might add it to the next batch if I find it on sale somewhere. Thanks for the recipe! @

  27. I have some ingredients ordered and can’t wait to make this recipe. It looks real beneficial and I like knowing what’s in it instead of buying dog toothpaste.

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