Can You Use Green Tea for Dog's Teeth?

Written by: Dr. Jean Hofve, Holistic Veterinarian, DVM

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, more than 80 percent of dogs develop gum disease by the age of three years. Common signs of poor oral health can include bad breath, excessive drooling, loss of appetite due to oral discomfort, and teeth discolored (including green on your dog's teeth) by tarter build-up.

Bad breath can often be the most obvious sign, and products with natural breath-freshening ingredients, such as anise and chlorophyll, may help support normal periodontal health. However pet parents can help keep their beloved companion's teeth healthy and clean by focusing on the cause of your dog's offensive smells.

Green Tea for Dog's Teeth

Research from the past decade has demonstrated that a number of substances in green tea support healthy teeth. Polyphenols in green tea can also help support a normal inflammatory response and support gum tissue health.

More Dental Health for Dogs

Natural Dog Chews

Keeping your dog’s teeth clean from plaque build-up plays an important role in promoting normal dental health. Chewing is a natural form of tooth cleaning and most natural dog chews and bones and dental health products available for dogs are based solely on the abrasive action of chewing something.

Having dogs chew a product that holds together well enough to clean the entire tooth can help support healthy teeth and gums.

Dog Dental Prebiotic

Keeping your dog’s breath fresher starts on the inside. Poor digestion can sometimes be a factor leading to bad breath. A natural ingredient pet parents will find in more complete dental products is the digestive aid FOS (fructooligosaccharide). FOS is a prebiotic that can help support your pet's dental health. FOS is found in some GI support for dogs products.


Pet parents have a number of tools to help their companions maintain good oral health as their dog ages. Breath freshening, chewing, tarter-control, and digestive support can all help keep your animal's teeth healthy and clean. In addition, kisses from your pet will smell much better!

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