Fruit and teeth

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Fruit and teeth

Postby zye1984 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:39 am

I've noticed Izzy's teeth are pretty shallow now. I'm not sure if this is from fruit or just age, as she's getting up there now. She can't crunch hard/tough stuff now, for sure.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:29 am

Age will wear down the teeth for sure. Not a whole lot to do about it once they are worn. Soft foods don't provide the abrasiveness that cleans teeth and gums the way shells of insects etc do. You can clean the teeth and gums using oral cleansers, but once the teeth are already worn down they can't be built back as far as I know. Same issue with human teeth in that regard.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby zye1984 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:21 am

Yeah, I was mostly worried that it was because of the sugars in fruit. I might giver her 4 blueberries or a strawberry occasionally.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:17 pm

A little bit of sugar from fruit shouldn't pose a problem if they are an occasional treat like that.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby zye1984 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:40 pm

What qualifies as "occasional?" Once a week? I was giving about 4 blueberries a day, or 1 strawberry a day.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:38 am

There isn't really a set rule, it should just make up a small percentage of the overall diet. A few times a week sounds fine, but it depends on how much she is eating overall.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby zye1984 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:50 am

She doesn't eat all that much yet she's still a fatty >:(
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby fcooper » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:21 am

zye1984 wrote:Yeah, I was mostly worried that it was because of the sugars in fruit. I might giver her 4 blueberries or a strawberry occasionally.

overfeeding of softer foods such as fruit and insects can lead to plaque formation as the food accumulates around the teeth.
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Re: Fruit and teeth

Postby zye1984 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:50 am

fcooper wrote:overfeeding of softer foods such as fruit and insects can lead to plaque formation as the food accumulates around the teeth.


Oh? What harder foods should i have given her? I tried to stray away from super worms cuz I didn't want her to get impacted.
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