Guinea pigs don’t usually need any dental care, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. Guinea pigs tend to bite a lot, especially if they are hungry, so you will want to take special notice of this and consider whether you can comfortably allow your guinea pig to bite into something. You will also need to avoid letting your pig chew on soft materials such as chenille stems, straws, or other objects that are too hard. The teeth of most guinea pigs are fairly blunt, as well, meaning that it’s best not to allow them to gnaw on anything and everything. The teeth of most guinea pigs are white, much like our own. Dental issues can arise due to the guinea pigs diet.
Many of us have grown up with pets that chewing on everything, including things such as nylon socks and old shoes, which can be hazardous to their health if allowed to grow into a habit. Also, many people don’t realise that guinea pigs actually have molar teeth, just like ourselves. Molar teeth are open-rooted teeth, and while they might look unappealing, these teeth serve an important function within the mouth of a guinea pig. These teeth grow in, while the pig is still a baby, covering the inside of their mouth until they start to form a permanent molar tooth. This is a very unique condition, which involves the pig feeling no pain since they do not have any teeth to feel the pressure.
Guinea pig teeth come in all different shapes and sizes and will vary in length depending upon the particular animal from which they have come. There is one common trait among all of the different types of pig teeth that has to do with the way the teeth are situated, or situated in the mouth: they always start at the center of the lower jaw, which is called the diastema. The process of changing the shape of a pig’s lower jaw depends on the condition of its teeth – some will become more round than others, and some will become more triangular in shape. While there are some very unique habits associated with these pig teeth, such as the fact that the pig will hold its breath through its lower incisors, it has no other means of changing this – so it will do what it needs to do through the diastema.