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How Do I Check My Hamster's Teeth

Your hamster’s teeth are very important, as your hamster’s diet largely consists of very tough foods. It’s a good idea to check your hamster’s teeth regularly to make sure that they’re in good condition.

The main things you’re examining are the lengths and shapes of your pet’s teeth. If one of your hamster’s top or bottom teeth is shorter than the one next to it, or the tooth opposite it has grown longer than the tooth adjoining it, then that first tooth may be broken. Healthy teeth will be of quite even length to those next to them (unless both look very stubby, in which case they may both have broken) and the opposite tooth won't have grown into the space where the other tooth should be. If the lengths of the two teeth vary drastically, then it’s a good idea to take your pet to a vet, as this injury might be painful or affecting your hamster’s ability to eat. Another sign that your hamster has broken a tooth is that it has blood or scabs around its mouth.

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A hamster's teeth are very important to them

An issue with which many owners become unnecessarily concerned is the yellowness of their pet’s teeth. Younger hamsters have pale teeth that will become darker over time, becoming quite yellow as the animal matures. Don’t fret if your hamster’s teeth are not as light a shade as your own - in fact, If an older hamster’s teeth suddenly turn white, then there may actually be an underlying health problem.

To help keep your hamster’s teeth in top condition, it’s a good idea to invest in a chew. These are usually made of a wood that’s safe for hamsters to chew and gnaw to their heart’s content. They are specially designed to be the perfect thing for your pet to wear their teeth down on - a hamster’s teeth with grow constantly throughout its lifetime, so it’s a good idea to give your hamster what it needs in order to regulate its own tooth length.

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