While birds don’t have teeth, other species of exotic pets do, and just as people require regular dental care, so do these animals. Ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and even sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and bearded dragons can suffer from dental disease.
Since most ferret owners do not brush their ferrets’ teeth regularly, as they should, many ferrets develop gingivitis (inflamed gums) and tartar buildup, potentially leading to dental discomfort and tooth root infection. As rabbits’ teeth grow continuously, rabbits often get tooth malocclusion (lack of alignment of the upper and lower jaws and teeth), overgrowth, and abscessed teeth that can cause large swellings on their jaws.
Rodents such as guinea pigs and chinchillas also have continuously growing teeth and frequently suffer from painful tooth root impaction. Even small sugar gliders and hedgehogs can develop dental disease requiring tooth extraction, and unbeknownst to many reptile owners, bearded dragons may also need periodic teeth cleaning to prevent dental infection.