Are you interested in learning more about bearded dragons?
Have you found yourself wondering if your bearded dragon will bite you?
We know beardies eat insects and vegetation, but it’s their chewing and eating process you may not know about.
This is why today we’re answering your question:
Do bearded dragons have teeth?
Bearded dragons have numerous but small triangular-shaped teeth used for helping them eat insects.
While you might not have immediately noticed the teeth in your bearded dragon, they are there, and knowing this will only help you provide better care to your animal.
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Do Bearded Dragons Have Teeth?
From the time they are born, bearded dragons do have a full set of teeth.
Bearded dragons use their teeth as we do, to help them chew their food.
Unlike humans, though, bearded dragons have their teeth from day one.
We start life drinking milk, graduating to solid food over time.
Bearded dragons, on the other hand, feast on insects and other vegetation from the very beginning.
The teeth start very sharp, but over time dull.
They don’t get a new set of teeth when they grow as we do.
Instead, most of their teeth fuse to their jaw bone.
A few do have roots and may fall out over time.
Bearded dragons do not regrow their teeth, so if you find your pet is losing theirs, there may be an underlying issue, and a trip to the veterinarian is in order.
Do Bearded Dragons Bite?
When someone is thinking about bringing a new pet into their home, they likely want to understand the challenges they might encounter and wonder if they are safe.
A potential new bearded dragon owner is likely to be concerned the animal will bite them.
Bearded dragons make great first reptile pets because they are rarely aggressive and are known to be docile creatures.
When they are feeling threatened, they puff up their neck and freeze.
These creatures would instead run away and hide than fight an aggressor.
A bearded dragon can bite you, but bites are very rare.
They bite as an absolute last resort, so you are relatively safe from being bitten by your bearded dragon.
It is likely to be a bit painful if bitten, but do not instantly tear yourself away from the animal.
Hard as it is to not, this will result in tearing of the skin and far more damage.
Simply wait for the bearded dragon to release their grip.
If bitten, don’t panic as these animals have small amounts of venom, but it does not affect people.
Why Do Bearded Dragons Lose Their Teeth?
There are many reasons your bearded dragon might lose their teeth.
Fighting in bearded dragons often results in the loss of teeth, but this will only happen in captivity if you are housing multiple bearded dragons in the same enclosure.
Tooth loss may also occur when the animal is stressed and begins banging their head.
A common issue with bearded dragons, head banging, is brought on by stress or even boredom.
A diet made up of mainly soft foods also causes teeth to be lost.
Introducing a varied diet helps reduce the chances of this.
Besides this, oral diseases, like receding gums, account for many cases of tooth loss.
But the loss of their teeth might be a sign of a more significant health issue.
Contact your veterinarian to do a full examination if you notice your bearded dragon is losing its teeth.
How To Clean Bearded Dragon Teeth
Cleaning your bearded dragon’s teeth is a great way to reduce the chances of them developing diseases.
This, in turn, helps them to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Cleaning will remove plaque before it hardens to tarter and slows down bacterial growth.
Most veterinarians recommend gently brushing your bearded dragon’s teeth once or twice per week to help keep their mouth healthy.
This doesn’t require a special toothbrush just for your beardie.
All you will need is a cotton swab soaked in water.
Gently use the wet cotton swab and gently wipe around your bearded dragon’s teeth and gums.
Your veterinarian will be able to give you tips on how best to clean your beardie’s teeth, especially if you’re a first time owner who wants to make sure you aren’t hurting the animal.
The veterinarian will likely need to do a full oral exam to see any existing dental issues.
This will help you learn exactly what you should be using for your specific bearded dragon and what to do to reduce the chances of hurting the bearded dragon.
At first, brushing your bearded dragon’s teeth may be difficult.
They aren’t used to it, and you are just starting to get the hang of it.
It does get easier as the animal gets used to the process.
Mouth Diseases In Bearded Dragons
Just like humans, bearded dragons are susceptible to a variety of oral issues.
From losing teeth to developing diseases, there are many issues you might see develop in your pet.
Bearded dragons often suffer from plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and gum disease.
If untreated early, these small dental issues will turn into something much bigger.
Mouth rot develops if things like plaque and tarter grow.
You will notice the first signs of mouth diseases by looking at your bearded dragon’s teeth.
Check for light brown discoloration and spotting around their teeth.
To prevent these oral issues, offer your beardie a proper diet of insects and vegetation.
Avoid giving your pet too many fruits very often, as the sugar in the fruit will encourage plaque to grow.
Crunchy, uncooked veggies like pumpkin, squash, carrot, broccoli, and other greens will naturally help clean the teeth of your bearded dragon.
Regular brushing will help avoid larger issues, but surgery may be needed if there is a bigger oral problem.
You may also want to read about what can cause underbite in your bearded dragon.
Now you know if bearded dragons have teeth and what you need to watch for.
Bearded dragons have and need their teeth to consume their prey successfully.
These small triangular-shaped teeth are rarely used to bite humans, instead to eat both hard and soft foods.
Regular tooth care will help your bearded dragon stay healthy and prevent oral health issues.
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