Natural Remedies For Dog Gum Disease

dog gum disease home remedy

How important is your dog’s oral hygiene to his overall health? The answer is – it’s very important! In fact, dental and gum disease in dogs is a very common problem.

And if you don’t maintain your dog’s oral health, it can have a direct impact on his overall health. This includes keeping his heart, kidneys, liver, and digestive system healthy.

So let’s review the causes of tooth and gum disease in dogs and the changes you can make at home. If you’re looking for a dog gum disease home remedy to help prevent oral disease in your dog … I’ll share some natural ways to treat gingivitis in dogs.

First, let’s talk about why your dog’s oral health is important for his whole body …

Dental disease in your dog can cause systemic disease … systemic meaning throughout the body. This can include problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer risks
  • Diabetes

It’s a two-way street in the body. Organs like the kidneys can be affected by poor oral health … but your dog’s oral health can also suffer if he has kidney disease.

This is why you want your dog’s teeth and gums to be at their best. And with regular checks, you can also pick up on other changes in his body sooner.

Do your dog’s teeth and gums look like this, with beautiful white teeth and healthy-looking pink gums?

Dog with white teeth and healthy looking pink gums

Or more like this poor dog? Dog gum disease pictures like this are heartbreaking to look at. And they’re easy to prevent.

Dog with damaged teeth and unhealthy looking gums

Hopefully, there aren’t too many dogs out there with teeth and gums this bad!

But what if your dog’s mouth is somewhere in between, like the one below? This dog has a bit of tartar and gum inflammation, and likely some bad breath.

Dog's teeth with a bit of tartar and gum inflammation

Keep reading to learn about dog gum disease home remedy options that will keep your dog’s mouth looking more like the dog in the first picture.

10 Ways To Prevent Dog Gum Disease

First and foremost in any aspect of your dog’s health is nutrition.

1. Start With Good Nutrition

The strength of your dog’s teeth and gums comes mainly from the right diet. So let’s look at some dental nutrition facts:

Dogs fed a natural diet usually have healthy mouths. This means feeding a diet with chewy muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and recreational bones. Natural diets provide the right habitat for your dog’s healthy oral microbiome. Natural live enzymes and “good” bacteria help prevent tartar build-up.

Gnawing on raw meaty bones and recreational bones is nutritious and good for your dog’s teeth and gums. Plus it also provides hours of enjoyment (chewing = mental health!). Chewing also exercises your dog’s neck and shoulder muscles as well as his mouth. This action helps stimulate the neurotransmitters in his brain for overall health too.

Note: If you’re not a raw feeder and prefer to avoid raw bones for your dog, you can give healthy chews like dehydrated beef trachea, bully sticks or dried tendons.

Kibble Study Results
A bad diet (meaning any kibble diet, however “premium” it is) can be a direct cause of weak teeth and weak gums. Don’t take my word for it. Just watch this shocking study done by Australian veterinarian Dr Tom Lonsdale. Dr Lonsdale temporarily switched a group of raw fed dogs onto a kibble diet. After just 17 days, dogs who’d started out with perfectly healthy teeth and gums got …

  • Stinky breath
  • Yellow teeth
  • Sore bleeding gums

And again, that was after only 17 days on kibble! Imagine what happens if your dog eats kibble for his whole life.

Aside from feeding a good diet, there’s a lot you can do at home to keep your dog’s mouth healthy. Here are some home remedies for dog teeth cleaning …

2. Give A Daily Probiotic Supplement

Probiotic supplements help create a healthy bacterial environment in your dog’s mouth. Probiotics will boost the microbiome in your dog’s mouth. Building good bacteria helps control bad bacteria that can cause gum disease and contribute to plaque and tartar on the teeth. Researchers at Canada’s Laval University found that “… probiotics could be useful in preventing and treating oral infections, including dental caries, periodontal disease and halitosis.”

Buy an ozone maker and create your own ozonated water. You can give it to your dog as drinking water or use it to flush out your dog’s mouth.

3. Give Your Dog Ozonated Water

Buy an ozone maker and create your own ozonated water. You can give it to your dog as drinking water or use it to flush out your dog’s mouth.

4. Apply Ozonated Oils To Teeth And Gums

Buy ozonated oil (Pur03 is a brand I like, available at many places online). These oils are infused with ozone until they take on a gel consistency. Ozone has powerful antibacterial properties and has been shown to promote healing. It’s a good dog tooth infection home treatment.

The oils don’t taste great, but they do come with different oil options. This will allow you to experiment and see which you and your dog like best. My favorite is sunflower oil as it holds the most ozone, is a natural source of vitamin D and has a long shelf life.

The best way to use the oil on your dog is to use a Q-tip to paint it on teeth and gums. It’ll remove plaque and manage gum infections.

5. Feed Bone Broth

Make bone broth for your dog and feed it several times a week. It’s chock-full of minerals that really help strengthen teeth and gums. My favorite is oxtail for its powerful nutritional benefits.

6. Heal With Bee Propolis Tincture

Bee propolis is very healing and highly concentrated. It’s sticky, almost like a resin. It’s antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral. Bees use it to patch their hives! But you can use it in your dog’s mouth.

I use it to patch over areas of teeth that look really bad. Apply it if your dog looks like he might be getting an abscess, or use it to cover an exposed root. You can use it as a dog swollen gums treatment too.

If you need to apply it to a tooth, hold your dog’s lip out to let the tooth dry before applying the tincture. This will help it to stay on much longer.

7. Use Aloe Vera For Pain

Aloe vera gel is tremendously soothing. Buy a natural, organic brand without any additives, not the stuff in a tube at the drugstore. Or just keep an aloe vera plant in your house and break off a leaf to use the gel inside. You can also buy aloe vera leaves at the grocery store. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up. to 3 days. Place the clear gel directly on teeth and gums if your dog has any pain or inflammation in his mouth.

8. Give Homeopathic Remedies To Repair Teeth

In natural human dentistry, these homeopathic remedies are taking the place of cavity fillings. They’ll work to remineralize your dog’s teeth too.

  • Calcarea phosphorica 6X
  • Calcarea fluorica 6X

Place one tablet of each of these two remedies in a small bowl of spring or filtered (not tap) water. You can then give the water to your dog every day for a month. This will help to strengthen teeth and bones and help prevent tooth decay.

9. DIY ToothPaste For Dogs

Next, here are some of my favorite DIY toothpastes … each one is a dog gum disease home remedy.

DIY Dog Toothpaste For Gums
You can use plain MCT oil for your dog’s gum health. It’s antibacterial and is excellent for gums. You can use it on a finger brush or gauze wrapped around your finger. Just brush your dog’s teeth and gums with it instead of toothpaste.

RELATED: More DIY and natural dog toothpaste recipes ….

DIY Calendula Dog Toothpaste
I can’t say enough good things about calendula. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and it soothes the mucous membranes. Calendula promotes normal healing of the skin and can be used for gingivitis.

A 2013 study 0f 240 patients in India found that calendula was effective in reducing dental plaque and gingivitis … in addition to oral prophylaxis.

Use an alcohol calendula tincture diluted 1 part calendula to 3 parts spring water. Then apply it to the affected areas of your dog’s mouth.

DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste
This is a remineralizing toothpaste recipe that’s easy to make for your dog. It’ll strengthen his teeth and help prevent or repair any cavities.

You’ll need …

  • 1/4 cup ground eggshells, or calcium or bone powder
  • A pinch of peppermint powder or one drop of peppermint essential oil
  • 1-3 Tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 Tbsp (or less) baking soda

How to make it …

  • Rinse the eggshells and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 400F.
  • Finely grind the eggshells.
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Store in a small jar.

You can use a finger brush or a piece of gauze wrapped around your index finger in place of a brush. Just simply apply the toothpaste daily to your dog’s teeth.

10. Check Your Dog’s Mouth

Try to check your dog’s mouth at least weekly. This helps you to catch any problem areas quickly. Then you can use these dog gum disease home remedy ideas to help with any issues that come up.

 How can I treat my dog’s gum disease at home?

Some of the suggestions listed above can work well. Ozonated oil, bee propolis tincture and calendula dog toothpaste are 3 great choices.

Can you reverse gum disease in dogs?

Using some of the dog gum disease home remedy choices mentioned above, you may be able to reverse gum disease in your dog. It’s best to prevent it in the first place, though … starting with good nutrition and daily oral care.

Avoid Veterinary Dental Cleanings
There’s another strong incentive to keep your dog’s mouth healthy … you’ll avoid having to put him through dental cleanings under anesthesia. Some dogs go through this every year! It’s expensive, and there are always risks with anesthesia. Professional cleaning shouldn’t be necessary if you take a few simple steps to keep your dog’s mouth healthy. You should also be able to avoid giving antibiotics for dog periodontal disease …

Keep your dog’s mouth healthy and you’ll protect his overall health too. Remember, dental and gum disease can be serious, so try for pearly whites for a healthy life!


Laetitia Bonifait, DEA; Fatiha Chandad, PhD; Daniel Grenier, PhD. Probiotics for Oral Health: Myth or Reality? JDCA, October 2009, Vol. 75, No. 8 

Khairnar MS, Pawar B, Marawar PP, Mani A. Evaluation of Calendula officinalis as an anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis agent. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2013;17:741-7

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