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Test Your Small Pet Dental Health Knowledge

Small pets need healthy teeth. Like in all animals, including humans, teeth allow food to be broken down and digested so essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can be absorbed and used by the body. But with small pets - who also use their mouths to explore their surroundings, carry objects, and defend themselves - adverse dental health can also limit your small pet's overall happiness and survival. You can read our article on Small Pet Dental Anatomy and Care to learn more about this important topic and to help you with this quiz.

True or False Quiz
Fill in the Blank Quiz
Answer Key

Decide if these statements are True or False.

  1. Small pets, similar to humans, use their teeth strictly for obtaining and eating food. _____
  2. The dental anatomy of all small pets is tailored, in part, to maximize their diets. _____
  3. Just like humans, all small pets have the same number of teeth. _____
  4. A herbivore eats meat, an omnivore eats plants, and a carnivore eats everything. _____
  5. Rabbits are constantly chewing their food because they are bored. _____
  6. "Cheek teeth" are the large, grinding teeth in the back of some small pets' mouths. _____
  7. A rabbit is a rodent; therefore, their teeth are identical to those of rats, mice, and hamsters. _____
  8. The teeth of rabbits and herbivorous rodents continually grow throughout life. _____
  9. Rabbits have two sets of incisors in their mouths; rodents have only one. _____
  10. The simplest way to care for your small pet's teeth is to not care about them. _____
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Rabbit Teeth

Fill in the blanks with the provided answers below.

A. Malocclusion F. "Slobbers"
B. Overgrowth G. High Fiber Diet
C. Herbivore H. Trim
D. Incisors I. Cheek Teeth
E. Impaction J. Peg Teeth
  1. In a rabbit's mouth, the ________________ are the second, smaller set of incisors.
  2. A ______________ solely eats plants for dietary needs.
  3. If a rabbit's or rodent's teeth are not continually worn, the teeth could experience __________.
  4. Improperly aligned teeth is known as ______________.
  5. The simplest way to care for your small pet's teeth is to offer her a _____________, rich in her natural foods.
  6. Excessive salivation is sometimes called ______________.
  7. The _____________ are the large, grinding teeth in the back of a rabbit's mouth.
  8. If something becomes tightly wedged in your small pet's mouth, it is called an ____________.
  9. A veterinarian may be able to __________ your small pet's teeth, if they become too long.
  10. The one set of front teeth in a rodent are called ____________.
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Answer Key
True or False

1. False 6. True
2. True 7. False
3. False 8. True
4. False 9. True
5. False 10. False

Fill in the Blank

1. J. Peg Teeth 6. F. Slobbers
2. C. Herbivore 7. I. Cheek Teeth
3. B. Overgrowth 8. E. Impaction
4. A. Malocclusion 9. H. Trim
5. G. High Fiber Diet 10. D. Incisors
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