How to Remove Plaque from Dog’s Teeth Naturally

how to remove plaque from dogs teeth naturally

February is a month of National Pet Dental Health, and it’s important for you to consider how to remove plaque from dog's teeth naturally to avoid yearly visits to the veterinarian. Moreover, daily plaque removal can keep the dog breath fresh.

Dental health of a dog requires your attention after 8 to 10 weeks of age. Vets recommend that two to three years old dogs need professional dental cleaning every year for the removal of tartar buildup.

But, regular plaque removal in a natural way can ensure dental health for a prolonged time. Clean teeth and fresh dog breath indicate that you can 'save money' on the annual vet visits for dental health.

Why Dental Health of Dog is Important?

Commercial dog foods, whether dry or wet, cause plaque to build up on dog’s teeth. Along with an excess amount of calcium present in a dog’s saliva, the plague forms a thick layer of tartar on dog’s teeth.

Tartar develops from plaque accumulation on the teeth within 36 hours of ‘unclean teeth.’ Yellowish tartar gives a dirty look to the pearly whites of your dog. Moreover, unclean teeth leave behind a bad breath, that’s unbearable whenever your dog leaps at you for a lick.

If your dog has trouble with anesthesia, it’s necessary that you set up a routine for daily brushing or cleaning of his teeth.

If the dog's gum line is tartar studded for a long time, then it can lead to the development of periodontal diseases like gingivitis that involves swollen, red or bleeding gums.

Swollen gums can create tiny pockets because they pull away from dog’s teeth, and provide a space for the bacteria to reside.

The bacteria can cause further infectious periodontal diseases when left untreated. The resulting periodontal diseases include dental problems like bone loss, tooth decay, and toothaches.

What are the Natural Ways to Maintain Dental Health?

There are different natural ways to daily clean the plague that builds up on dog’s teeth after every meal or treat.

1. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Daily

The top most method for removing plaque is to regularly brush the dog’s teeth. Buy a dog’s toothpaste that contains enzymes for plaque removal, and have no harmful effects if swallowed by the dog.

Moreover, they have attractive flavors for dogs to easily succumb to brushing routine. Remember never to use human toothpaste for dogs as the chemicals are dangerous for dogs if swallowed accidentally.

Begin the daily brushing routine when your pup is 8 weeks old. Select a time slot for teeth brushing when the dog is relaxed and calm—as after a long walk or exercise. He will resist in the beginning, but you have to stay patient and persist to succeed.

Handle him as softly as possible so that he may not get frightened.In the start, you can dip your fingers in tuna water and rub your finger softly onto the dog's teeth. Use a brush having soft bristles to avoid resistance.

Moreover, let the dog taste and sniff the toothpaste to familiarize him. You can focus on cleaning the outer teeth surface at first, till he gets used to your hands and the routine.

Let him willingly open the mouth for the cleaning process before you start cleaning the inner edges.

Appreciate your pup during the brushing process. Engage him with your positive remarks like ‘good boy’. You can treat your dog whenever he stays calm and happy while tooth brushing routine. He will get motivated by the remarks and treats.

2. Feed Raw Bones

Research has shown that dogs are only 1 percent different from their ancestors, the wolves. Eating raw was primarily the major source of food for wolves and dogs in the past. Chewing on raw meat bones has kept their teeth strong, clean, and healthy.

Usually, pet dogs and pups are not given raw meat, bones, and gristle to chew on, which prevent the cleaning of accumulated plaque layer on their teeth. They are only given commercial foods that can cause plaque by getting stuck between the teeth.

With chewing and eating hard food, the layer of plaque breaks down by itself. Moreover, raw food has natural enzymes that help to scrub teeth and gums through chewing.

Note: Cooked bones are brittle which can splinter easily, and get swallowed by the dog.

3. Chew Treats or Toys

If you are against feeding raw food to your dog, you can go for treats and toys. Indestructible dog chews toys can be another way to clean your dog's teeth if he resists daily teeth brushing.

There’s a fantastic hack for all dog owners, that is, you can apply dog toothpaste slightly on his favorite rope toy. For heavy chewers, it’s the best remedy. Besides them, nylon or rubber chew toys that are BPA-free are good. They should be soft enough to avoid teeth fractures.

You can give your dog plaque-fighting treats during the training process. The treats should be sealed well and labeled with Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). They contain plaque removing enzymes.

Whatever you may choose to give your dog, either raw food or chew toys; ensure sure that they don’t break easily to be swallowed by the furry pooch.

Supervise the dog while he is involved in chewing the raw meaty bone, or chew toys. Or else, the repercussions will have to be dealt with!

4. Limit Feeding the Table Scraps

Small dogs commonly have a begging habit, and saying no to them is difficult. But, such practice is against their dental and physical health.

Not only will it cause obesity but also play a part in plaque buildup. It’s better to tone down the dog’s habit of munching on table scraps or indulge in stealing food.


These natural teeth cleaning methods are great ways to handle tooth plaque. However, a yearly visit to the vet for a checkup of dental health is recommended.

Sometimes, the plaque buildup and bad breath are related to the dog’s digestive health, so a visit to the vet will help you identify the real cause.

Bio: James Shore is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant. He is a professional freelancer with years of experience in dog training. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times. His pet-passion led him to develop to help people.


Anna Stewart

Hello!! I'm Anna. I have many hobbies about pets and animal, especially about dogs. In this blog I will share those necessary things you need to know about your dogs like behaviors, training, favorites, health care ... and more. Visit my blog regularly and share the fun with your dogs.

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