Brush Your Teeth!
This is a wake-up call to remember to brush after meals. Anna, pictured above, didn’t ever brush her teeth. Perhaps she figured her diet of pasture and hay would keep her teeth clean – it didn’t. The lower back tooth on the right looks to be dead. In the bottom middle we have teeth with extreme buildups of plaque. Even though she wasn’t a smoker there is yellowing to her teeth.
Additionally Anna ground her teeth (see the upper tusk) and chewed on rocks (I found cracked molars from that plus I heard her). Chewing on rocks, sticks and anything else out in the field is not uncommon, the pigs are exploring objects with their mouths to see if they might be edible. But it doesn’t do good things to their teeth.
Fortunately their tusks, which they use to dig in the soil, grow continuously. Anna’s tusk is protruding about an inch or so from her gums in the photo above but there was another four inches of tusk anchoring it well in her jaw.
Pigs lives are short. For a pig Anna was remarkably old and that is what her teeth looked like after a lifetime of no brushing. Don’t follow Anna’s example – Take care of yourself.
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