Baking soda is very effective as a cleanser for dogs’ teeth. The abrasiveness scrubs tartar off canine teeth with minimal brushing time. Baking soda is a natural anti-bacterial to prevent dental diseases from gum and tooth decay. Making a baking soda paste is simple, inexpensive and it removes doggie breath.
Measure 1 tablespoon of baking soda and pour it in a small bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of water to the bowl. Mix the contents thoroughly with a spoon to form a thick paste.
Dip a dog toothbrush into the bowl to apply the baking soda paste onto the bristles.
Call your dog to you and have him sit. Lift his lip at the rear on one side of his face. Place the toothbrush on his rear upper teeth at a 45-degree angle. Rotate the toothbrush in small circles for cleaning tartar from his teeth. Move forward to the next teeth until the top teeth on that side are clean. End each area of circular cleaning with a final down stroke to remove stubborn buildup.
Apply more baking soda paste as needed to the toothbrush. Brush the lower teeth on the same side, then the opposite side of his mouth and lastly the front teeth. Be prepared for a large amount of licking as you brush his teeth. Allow him a break for a moment if he pulls away or is impatient, but do not scold him.
Give your four-legged friend a tasty hard dog treat afterwards and praise him for his patience.
Offer your dog a drink of cool, fresh water to rinse his mouth. Don’t expect him to rinse and spit as humans do, because dogs can’t spit. He will likely drink some water to swallow the remaining baking soda on his teeth.