April 11th, 2017
If you want good teeth then you have to take care of them. Everyone in the family brushes their teeth. In Bailey’s case, I do the brushing and she keeps her mouth open. We first used toothpaste bought from the vet for Bailey. However, we switched to homemade toothpaste after a friend found a recipe that was designed for dogs. Bailey loves the taste and brushing is only complicated by her tongue trying to lick it up. We finished the last of it on Monday night. So, after tonight’s dinner, my son made up another batch in 5 minutes. It had firmed up enough to be used when Bailey and I had returned from the nightly waddle. The recipe is quite simple to make.
It only needs two items – 6 tablespoons of coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of baking soda – to make 85 ml of toothpaste. The supplies needed are a 1 cup glass measuring cup, a piece of plastic wrap to cover the top of the measuring cup, a tablespoon, a spatula and a 250 ml Mason jar. My chemistry-loving son measured the coconut oil into the glass measuring cup and covered it with the plastic wrap. He melted the coconut oil in the microwave for 50 seconds. Once the coconut oil was fully melted, he added in the 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Next, he stirred the mixture with the spatula. The toothpaste mixture was ready to pour into a 250 ml Mason jar. The toothpaste firmed up after 20 minutes. After labelling the jar, I was ready for the real test – cleaning Bailey’s teeth. My fingers gently pulled back her jowls. Her tongue went into overdrive the instant that the toothbrush touched her teeth. She was definitely going to endorse this toothpaste given the loud slurping sounds emitting out of her mouth. We finished in record time. No more unpleasant doggy breath coming from our tropical girl. Aloha!