Bearded Dragons Teeth and Disease

Agamids, in this case Bearded Dragons, have acrodont teeth which means the teeth are fused to the bone, attached to the jawbone, not in sockets.The Agamidae and Chamaeleonidae are the only lizards that have acrodont teeth. As the teeth are presented in a thin gum they are vulnerable to being exposed if the gum is damaged. The teeth are not replaced in your adult, they are for life.

Bearded dragon acrodont teethBearded dragon teeth and / or gums can be damaged by head trauma (i.e. banging its head in its enclosure, which is probably a good indication of stress) or maybe periodontal disease.

Some of the most obvious signs of issues include swelling around the mouth, discharge from the mouth such as mucus, trouble in swallowing food and loss of appetite. By the time you see these sorts of symptoms, it requires medical attention. If your bearded dragon has had an impact to its head then consider how you can prevent that in the future. For example, don’t put it up on high surfaces it can fall off such as a bench unless it is monitored closely. If it has been banging its head in its enclosure then what do you need to do to fix that? Is the enclosure too small? Is it missing environmental enrichment resulting in boredom and behavioral changes?

Plaque can build up on your bearded dragons teeth if to much soft food is fed such as mealworms or other soft larvae and caterpillars. Check the amount of greens being provided is suitable for the age of the bearded dragon which will assist in cleaning teeth along with some harder bodied insects in the right proportions.[/fusion_text]

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