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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-01-2007, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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rat teeth go orange??

what causes the ratties teeth to turn orange? im asking on behalf of my friend whom isnt a member. my timmy and mookie are fine

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I am pretty sure age. The older they get the more orange/yellow? I could be wrong but I think that is right.


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it could be from the food if the food has an orange color over time it could dye there teeth or just be on there from eating, some of the rat foods have food colorings in it.

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It's probably just from age. As long as they're not too long or anything like that she shouldn't worry.

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yep yellow rat teeth are fine!!!!
with chinchillas and i am sure it is the same with rats the teeth are an indication of how much calcuim is in the body so the more orange the better!!!!
gross eh?


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yep yellow rat teeth are fine!!!!
with chinchillas and i am sure it is the same with rats the teeth are an indication of how much calcuim is in the body so the more orange the better!!!!
gross eh?
That is correct with rats as well as hamsters and I think also on guinea pigs. You only have to worry if they're not orange or yellow.

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Gerbils' teeth also should be yellow. 8)

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healthy teeth are yellow or orange for a rat. If your rats teeth are white there is a big problem.

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The more orange/yellow they are,the healthier they are.White teeth in rats is NOT good and can lead to dental problems in rats,like maloccussion.




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They are covered by a hard yellow enamel on the outside surface of one side , the color of which is due to the presence of an iron-containing pigment. This orange pigment is normal and deepens with age. A rat’s incisors get their chisel like shape through the back and forth movement of the jaw during teeth grinding, which allows the rat to be able to gnaw effectively. The bottom incisors normally appear to have a small gap, this is due to having a hemi-mandibular joint, which allows the lower incisors to slightly spread apart, to aid in opening seeds and nuts.
In healthy rats the incisors are properly aligned and able to be maintained at a certain length through the process of natural teeth grinding without requiring something hard to chew on.

In a rat with malocclusion, the teeth are not aligned properly and natural grinding cannot take place. The incisor(s) continue to grow and curve, and if not kept trimmed results in trauma to the soft palate, infection, and abscesses, which in turn will eventually lead to the rat starving. Malocclusion may be due to injury (such as loss of a tooth due to root damage or trauma), dental disease, genetics, tumors, or other non infectious reasons.

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ok well....lol by meaning my boys were fine, i mean i haven't looked but i've seen them be yellow and such lol

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After reading this i went to check my Naz's teeth and noticed before i could get him out he did a nice BIG yawn and i saw too nice dark yellow almost orange teeth lol. yay!

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After reading this i went to check my Naz's teeth and noticed before i could get him out he did a nice BIG yawn and i saw too nice dark yellow almost orange teeth lol. yay!
Thats a greyt sign!!




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