Rabbit Teeth: A Tooth Tour

A brown rabbit chews on a green leaf outside next to a metal fence with lights

If you’ve been wondering about how Bugs Bunny and the Easter Bunny keep their rabbit teeth clean, we may be able to shed some light! Rabbits have fascinating chompers that are different than that of humans. But like rabbits, we all must manage our dental health through proper care and nutrition. Here’s a little bit of information about the dental habits of rabbits.

All About Rabbit Teeth

Rabbits are herbivores, which means they eat plants and vegetables. They have two sharp front teeth (incisors) which we commonly think of when we think of bunny faces. These front teeth are incredibly sharp and can cut through tough plants and shrubbery, like carrots and celery. In addition to those two large front teeth, rabbits have flatter teeth at the top and bottom rows of their mouth. Those teeth are used to thoroughly chew fibrous vegetation after the front teeth cut them. Rabbits have teeth that continuously grow throughout their lives, unlike humans, who have only two sets of teeth in a lifetime.

What We Have in Common With Rabbits

Rabbits and humans both must care for their teeth to avoid dental problems. Like humans, if rabbits don’t eat proper nutrition, they may suffer. For example, being fed only pellets instead of real vegetation can lead to their teeth overgrowing, creating malocclusion. Malocclusion, or teeth misalignment, can lead to problems for humans and rabbits alike. Vegetables are good for you and your pet rabbit, so be sure to ask your veterinarian about a proper diet to help support their dental health.

Keep Up with Your Daily Preventive Dental Care!

This season of spring festivities may mean a lot of bunny-shaped sweet treats. Remember to enjoy sweet treats in moderation, and follow the rabbit’s example of eating fresh veggies whenever you can. Additionally, brush and floss every day, drink plenty of water, and chew only sugar-free gum. And make sure your next routine dental appointment is scheduled here at Rigby Advanced Dental. Contact us today!

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Fun Dental-Related Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Lineup of holiday stockings hanging from a brown mantle near a Christmas tree

‘Tis the season for snow, Santa, and lots of sweets. In this blog post, we’ll list some tooth-friendly stocking stuffers and gifts to ring in the New Year that your family will love–especially if they’ve been sneaking the occasional sugar cookie.

1. Travel-Sized Basics

Have an avid traveler in the family? It’s always great to have items like mini tubes of toothpaste or travel toothbrush covers on hand for that upcoming vacation. Hit up your pharmacy’s travel-size section and load up on these essential–and adorable–mini oral hygiene products.

2. Kid-Friendly Themed Products

Delight your child with a toothbrush or tube of toothpaste featuring their favorite movie or cartoon character. While dental care might seem like a chore to the little ones, a Star Wars or Crayola themed toothbrush can make brushing something to look forward to.

3. Novelty Dental Products

Have a little fun with a silly dental-themed product that’ll make your recipient giggle. There are plenty of novelty items and gag gifts out there with a toothy theme, such as bacon-flavored toothpaste, tooth-shaped succulent planters, and denture-shaped ice cube trays. These gifts are just for fun, but they also pair well with a fresh, new toothbrush.

4. Doggie Dental Chews

Does your furry friend have a stocking? Fill it up with tasty dental chew treats that’ll give your pet’s teeth a good clean. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth every day and supplementing with a dental treat, but be sure to look for a chew clinically proven to break up plaque and tartar to ensure optimal oral health.

5. Skip the Candy

It’s tempting to pack your family’s stockings full of holiday-themed candy. But don’t do it! While the occasional sugary indulgence during the holidays is okay, moderation is key. Plus, classic holiday candies like peppermints and candy canes are hard and can be dangerous to the teeth. Stick with minty sugar-free gum–without the sugar, decay’s not a concern, and the act of chewing gum actually helps clean the teeth. And you still get that refreshing mint flavor. Or, there are plenty of fruity flavors for your loved ones with an insatiable sweet tooth. However, if you really want to get someone candy, stick with dark chocolate.

See You in 2019!

When the stockings have been unstuffed and the gifts unwrapped, it’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s an easy one: to keep up with your dental health routine every day and come see us for your biannual cleaning and exam before the first half of the year is up. We look forward to helping you have a smile that is merry and bright all year long! Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

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