Dentist Day Is No Worries for Wombats

Dental hygiene is important for everyone, even wombats, as footage released by the Healesville Sanctuary in Badger Creek, Victoria, shows.

The sanctuary said the wombats, named Gem and Milo, have been trained to enter a crate in preparation for their dental checkups, which are important for wombats as their teeth continuously grow throughout their life.

Surgery veterinarian Dr Meg Curnick explained the procedure: “In the dental checks, we are making sure the teeth are lined-up perfectly and grinding correctly. If the teeth are straight this avoids abnormal growth, fractures, or sharp edges which could injure the tongue and cheeks."

Although the brown substance on their teeth may not look nice, it’s nothing for the wombats to worry about. “The brown stuff we find on the grinding surface of their teeth is known as secondary dentine, and that’s what they use to grind food into small particles. If you saw that on human teeth you would be a little worried, but it is completely normal for wombats," said Curnick. Credit: Healesville Sanctuary via Storyful

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