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Your dog’s teeth require regular cleaning and care – just like ours! They may not get cavities often but plaque, tatar and gum disease cause the same problems in their mouths as they do yours and mine.

There’s nothing nastier than a panting dog in your face with halitosis – #ugh


That’s what I hear college kids say when they want you to know they are being totally transparent – 

I’m keeping it 100

I would like for the Boys teeth to look like this…

But the truth of the matter is… I’ve got a ways to go, Jaxson has started showing signs of tartar stains …

Reason is, I have not been diligent at all – when it comes to dog dentistry responsibilities. #badpetparent

Did you know – humans have 32 teeth and dogs have 42. Imagine going your entire life without brushing or flossing – let alone having an exam. If we loose teeth due to poor oral hygiene habits – we’ve done it to ourselves. But our dogs depend on us to help them keep all they were given.


I remember gasping out-loud the first time I heard estimated costs associated with a basic canine dental cleaning – 

Between $300.00 to $700.00? Are you serious?

YES – that was my question and YES – my voice went up a few octaves when I got to the end of the sentence.

Oh, and by the way – this doesn’t include special treatments for periodontal disease or extractions. #whoa

As February creeps closer towards us, you will notice more advertising on social media and practically everywhere about National Pet Dental Health Month. If it’s time to have your pups choppers examined, check with your vet and inquire about a dental discount. Many veterinary clinics offer a 5 – 10 – 20% incentive to ease the financial discomfort. 

According to the experts – 

The main reason a dogs dental cleaning is so expensive is due to the x-rays and anesthesia required. X-rays are important to assess periodontal disease – and the dog requires anesthesia during the procedure.

But recently I have heard of pet dental services that provide non-anesthetic teeth cleaning.


While I can see the beginning of plaque and tartar on a few of Jax’s teeth, his healthcare provider (aka veterinarian) and I agreed, if I jump into a dental cleaning regiment now, I could possibly delay teeth cleaning until the future. 

Over the weekend, as Kimberly and I recorded Episode 22 of our Girls with Dogs Podcast, we talked about a natural solution to cleaner teeth for our dogs. Neither of them really benefit from daily dental chews because they rarely take time to truly chew tasty treats. As we chatted, she turned me on to something I never knew – Coconut oil for dental health.

That said – I have decided to try two of her suggestions – 

  • CocoChew – This company makes all their products from 100% sustainably sourced coconut husk. I ordered their large Cocoball which is supposed to naturally scrub their teeth as they chew.  Balls are right up Jax’s alley, so hopefully he will become attached not realizing he’s helping a sister out by flossing at the same time 🙂
  • Virgin Organic Coconut Oil from CocoTherapy to use as a toothpaste. 
  • I’ll probably order a couple of new finger toothbrushes #lovethosethings

We’ve been a huge fan of coconut oil for years, but I never EVER remember reading that this is a great product to use for dental hygiene purposes. Apparently, the lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria that causes tooth decay and stinky breath in your dog’s mouth. Not to mention you’re using a substance that can aid in digestion, immune response, and improve their skin and coat.

Google it – you will be A-mazed at how many fascinating articles there are out there. And let’s face it – a panting pup in your face will smell much better after a good brush with coconut oil then that chicken liver flavored toothpaste I once used #insertgagreflexhere 


If you’re wondering about Harley’s teeth, he’s now thirteen years old and has never had his teeth professionally cleaned! I cannot take credit for this, I guess he’s just got good genes LOL Vet says they’re a little stained, but nothing that requires medical attention…

There’s nothing like a smile from a happy, healthy dog ❤️

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  • Cheryl
    January 24, 2022

    People used to laugh at me when I said I took my cats to the vet to have their teeth cleaned.
    My niece’s 13yo Portuguese Water Dog was doing so poorly, that she considered euthanasia. She took Polo to a different vet and he discovered Polo’s teeth were terrible, 6 teeth were pulled. Polo is a different dog now. She acts like she did when she was much younger!
    Pet dental health is so important!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 27, 2022

      It certainly is. I’ve not yet been asked (or highly encouraged) to get either of the Boy’s teeth cleaned and I don’t want to start now. That’s why I’ve decided to do whatever I can to keep it that way.

  • Madison
    January 24, 2022

    Get Plaque Off. It is not cheap but it does wonders for dog teeth. We get it on our breakfast every morning and our breeders in England and here in Missouri use it for all their dogs. Mom hasn’t had a dog’s teeth professionally cleaned in at least 20 yrs. We also brush every night and we get chews every evening like marrow bones, bully sticks, green tripe, gullet sticks etc and our teeth are all below a 1 on the dental scale. Mom is not a fan of anesthesia and will avoid that any time she can.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 27, 2022

      I use Plaque Off, don’t know about you ladies but the Boys rarely even chew their food therefore I think that product is getting swallowed whole like Jonah and the Whale! That’s why I know I’ve got to get better with brushing their teeth.

  • Debbie Matos
    January 24, 2022

    Great article and thanks for the suggestions. I had Savannah Blu in for post op and double ear infection. The vet looked at her teeth and asked to you ever brush her teeth? It had a ton of sarcasm- so is really helpful and perfect timing.

    Debbie and Savannah ( labradoodle rescue)

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 26, 2022

      Wow!That sounded like a “judgey” question. I too have been negligent in dental hygiene, but it’s never too late to get better! So, I will make sure I follow up with a progress post in a few months. Let me know what techniques you end up using – I’d love to know (and share). Take care friend, don’t be discouraged and keep loving your pup!

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    January 29, 2022

    Dental care is critical to keeping our pets healthy. Organic coconut oil can be helpful for any inflammation but regular brushing is the real key. Plus the coconut oil is good for aging pups.

  • Alice Carroll
    March 3, 2022

    Thanks for the tip about how certain chewable products can also help in cleaning the teeth of dogs. I’d like to look for pet teeth cleaning services soon because my dog has a horrible breath. It makes it difficult to let it hang out with me in my room.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 16, 2022

      The coco husk ball is really making a difference.