Best* Dog Toothbrushes of 2022

Stay on top of your pup’s oral hygiene and dental care with regular dental cleanings and a dog toothbrush.

 
 

Pet parent faves

Pet toothbrushes may seem basic, but several sizes, materials, and styles are available for your pup. Here are some of the leading choices selected by our pet parents.

Well & Good Fresh Breath Puppy Kit


Well & Good


Fresh Breath Puppy Kit


Most everybody loves puppies, but we may not love their breath. Even young pups can have bad breath and need plaque and tartar buildup removed. This dental kit from Well & Good includes an angled dog toothbrush to help you clean hard-to-reach puppy teeth and more than three ounces of delicious chicken-flavored toothpaste. Just put a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush and get started—no rinsing needed.


Features:
  • Includes tasty chicken-flavored toothpaste pH balanced for puppies
  • Mint-flavored spray helps freshen breath after and between brushings
  • Contains over 90% naturally derived ingredients
  • Toothbrush designed to reach even back molars

TropiClean Fresh Breath Oral Care Kit for Puppies


TropiClean


Fresh Breath Oral Care Kit for Puppies


Puppy teeth can sometimes be difficult to reach, thanks to squirming bodies and smaller tooth sizes. The TripleFlex toothbrush in this kit from TropiClean helps you get in nooks and crannies with 360-degree bristles and a flexible design. It also comes with a dog finger toothbrush made from soft, flexible silicone and two ounces of uniquely formulated gel toothpaste that clings to teeth to help offer additional protection.


Features:
  • Unique toothbrush head cleans both sides of teeth simultaneously
  • Tooth gel ingredients are 98.96% naturally derived
  • Can improve your pup's oral hygiene in 30 days or less when used every day as directed
  • Made in the USA

TropiClean Fresh Breath TripleFlex Toothbrush for Large Dogs

Best Brush for Large Dogs


TropiClean


Fresh Breath TripleFlex Toothbrush for Large Dogs


Is your puppy all grown up? You can also buy a standalone TripleFlex dog toothbrush in a bigger size for your larger lap dog. When used correctly, it can clean canine teeth three times faster thanks to its all-around bristles—just gently brush in a circular motion. With a seven-and-a-half-inch handle and improved grip, it feels just like a human toothbrush—but its long, durable neck makes it ideal for dogs.


Features:
  • Rubber outer bristles help massage gums
  • Features a 1 1/8-inch-wide head for larger teeth
  • Can be used with nearly all TropiClean Fresh Breath solutions

TropiClean Fresh Breath Vet Strength Formula Oral Care Kit for Small/Medium Dogs

Best Brushes for Small and Medium Dogs


TropiClean


Fresh Breath Vet Strength Formula Oral Care Kit for Small/Medium Dogs


If your dog is on the smaller side, you can still give them the royal dental treatment with the TripleFlex small dog toothbrush in this kit from TropiClean. It’s designed to remove plaque and tarter as well as massage the gums, while the gentler fingertip brush can be good for dogs with sensitive teeth. Both can be used with the included Vet Strength Oral Care Brushing Gel for a great pairing.


Features:
  • Brushing gel ingredients are 98.88% naturally derived
  • Spearmint in brushing gel helps freshen pet breath
  • Fingertip brush features soft bristles for sensitive mouths

Well & Good Dental Health Kit for Dogs

Best Dental Kit for Adult Dogs


Well & Good


Dental Health Kit for Dogs


Do you want to maximize your dollar and your pet’s dental health? This Well & Good kit comes with three pet toothbrushes and more than three ounces of toothpaste—just what you need to get started with dental care today and continue it into the future. There are two finger brushes, a 360-degree brush and delicious peanut butter flavored toothpaste. Let your pup pick a favorite brush, or use the finger brushes for the front of the mouth and the long brush to clean the back molars.


Features:
  • Double-sided toothbrushes can make cleaning back teeth easier
  • Finger brushes can clean hard-to-reach crevices
  • Suitable for dogs of all lifestages
  • Toothpaste doesn't require rinsing afterward

Burt’s Bees Care Plus+ Fresh Breath Toothpaste & Bamboo Toothbrush

Best Bamboo Toothbrushes


Burt’s Bees


Care Plus+ Fresh Breath Toothpaste & Bamboo Toothbrush


Burt’s Bees is well-known for its human solutions, but did you know they also make dog toothbrushes and toothpaste? Their Fresh Breath Toothpaste contains peppermint oil and is pH balanced for an effective clean that smells good, too. It also comes with a natural bamboo toothbrush that’s easy to use, and everything is made without colorants, fragrances and sulfates—it’s even cruelty-free. Plus, it’s made in the USA, like most other Burt’s Bees pet solutions.


Features:
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS
  • Toothpaste is 99.5% natural
  • Designed for adult dogs
  • Toothbrush is biodegradable

Burt’s Bees Care Plus+ Gum Soothing Toothpaste & Bamboo Toothbrush


Burt’s Bees


Care Plus+ Gum Soothing Toothpaste & Bamboo Toothbrush


Does your pup have sensitive teeth or gums? This is a common dental problem—especially in senior pups—and might require special dog toothpaste and toothbrushes. The gum-friendly toothpaste in this kit contains soothing hemp seed oil, anti-inflammatory eucalyptus and natural peppermint oil for a fresh flavor—and fresher breath. It also comes with a bamboo dog toothbrush that’s effective and natural.


Features:
  • Appropriate for all lifestages
  • Designed for pups with sensitive or irritated gums
  • Coconut oil adds to the great taste of the toothpaste

Burt’s Bees Care Plus+ Bamboo Toothbrush for Dogs


Burt’s Bees


Care Plus+ Bamboo Toothbrush for Dogs


If you want the Burt’s Bees bamboo dog toothbrush without all the bells and whistles of a kit, you’re in luck. Bamboo is a sustainable, fast-growing plant that’s naturally antibacterial. Plus, the handle and bristles of this toothbrush are both fully biodegradable. It’s BPA-free and has an ergonomic design for a brush you and your pet can enjoy. Then simply air dry it fully and put it away until its next use.


Features:
  • Made from durable but soft bamboo
  • Even toothbrush bristles are made from natural materials
  • Can last up to three months
  • Naturally water-resistant and antibacterial

Well & Good Finger Dog Toothbrushes

Best Finger Toothbrush


Well & Good


Finger Dog Toothbrushes


Speaking of more standard options, these finger brushes from Well & Good can be a great addition to your canine oral hygiene list. They’re a traditional silicone toothbrush for dogs, which gently massage the teeth and gums while also helping to provide a thorough cleaning. Finger brushes are popular with pet parents because they’re typically easy to use and can help you get into hard-to-reach places.


Features:
  • Includes two finger toothbrushes
  • Bristles are soft and flexible
  • Can be cleaned with warm water
  • Works well with other Well & Good dental solutions

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Learn More About Dog Toothbrushes

You can use a human toothbrush, but it must be super-soft and flexible—some pet parents use toothbrushes designed for babies. But to give a canine mouth a good cleaning, it’s recommended to use a dog finger toothbrush or standard brush—one that is sized correctly and designed for a dog’s mouth, not a human. Also, you should never use human toothpaste, and always buy toothpaste formulated for dogs.

Dogs don’t necessarily need special toothbrushes, but most pet parents find it easier to use a dog toothbrush. They’re usually designed to clean the slightly different shape of canine teeth and are durable enough to stand up to the occasional bite or chew. Fingertip styles can be especially easy for beginners to use and may help ease your dog’s anxiety about the brushing process. You can also find special brushes and toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums, bad breath and those designed for specific life stages—from puppy to senior.

It’s important to introduce toothbrushing slowly and make sure your pup is comfortable. Put some of the best dog toothpaste on the tip of your finger and let them lick it off, then give them some encouragement and praise. Then, expose their teeth, let the brush touch them and provide more motivation. Eventually, you’ll work your way up to making circular motions, opening the mouth and cleaning the front teeth and gums. Brush along the gumline from the front all the way to the back and clean around the molars thoroughly.

*Based on petco.com sales data.