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Old 05-09-2014, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen this topic on forums before, but I'm really curious.
Marigold lost one of her front teeth sometime in the last four-five hours. It has a red spot where the tooth used to be. She's 10 weeks old now. Will it grow back? She ate just fine so I don't think it's the food. Should I have reason to be worried since she's very young?
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgie teeth won't grow back, but in the long run it shouldn't affect her too much. I'd recommend a trip to the vet just so they can see if there are any tooth fragments left behind or if it came out whole. Plus they might be able to give you something to prevent infection.

If you currently use a water bottle it may be a good idea to switch to a bowl. Many hedgehogs are just fine using a bottle, but bottles can sometimes chip or knock out teeth (usually in older hedgies).

What food do you have her on? Some kibble is harder than others (for example, dog food is harder than cat food, and Blue Buffalo kibble is harder than Chicken Soup for the Soul) so you may want to consider crushing her food up.
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I was worried about my hedgies food being too hard (I feed blue buffalo) so I've been adding some water to it to soften it up, n I don't hear him 'crunching' the food anymore, but he is def eating.. Maybe that's an option for u too? I don't have experience with a lost tooth, jus so u know
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry for the late update! But I've made the final switch to her new food (been mixing for two weeks now). I checked her teeth Saturday and she appeared to lose the other one? She seemed irritable so I let her be.
This morning I checked her mouth again and she has teeth in those spots? I'm not even kidding. I wasn't expecting this and she seems just fine? Her gums aren't swollen and she just devoured her "midnight snack". Is this normal? I seriously thought they didn't grow back. Her teeth were literally gone. I found them in her cage Saturday night..
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Nothing to worry about she's just losing her baby teeth like all animals do, her adult teeth are what you're seeing now.
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