You’ll never see a rabbit in a dentist’s chair getting a filling or a root canal. Why? Because rabbits know how to eat for a healthy smile.
You’ve probably heard that crunchy foods like celery, carrots and apples are good for cleaning teeth. This is true, but they’re not nearly as good as a proper toothbrush and dental floss.
That being said, crunchy foods are great for stimulating your gums. All that crunch brings blood flowing through your gums and keeps them strong and healthy. And they make you salivate more which doesn’t just soften food but keeps your mouth moist.
Carrots and celery are also full of beta carotene which helps your body create vitamin A and that makes the enamel on your teeth strong. Carrots, with all these benefits, are key in dental health for kids and rabbits.
Leafy Green Stuff
Rabbits don’t just eat carrots. They also love leafy green vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, and spinach. These foods have a bit of everything in them: vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta carotene as well as phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. Calcium is the very building material of healthy teeth and bones. Phosphorus is actually stored in your teeth and bones and helps the calcium do its job of keeping them healthy.
Citrus for C
Ever heard of sailors being called “limeys?” This is because they often drank lime juice to avoid scurvy which was a terrible disease that plagued sailors. (And is why pirate captains called their crews “scurvy dogs”.) Scurvy is very unpleasant, causing your gums to bleed and your teeth to fall out.
Luckily, scurvy is very easy to avoid. Regular vitamin C in your diet is all it takes to keep it at bay. A good source is citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and, yes, the lime juice sailors drank to stay healthy. Crunchy citrus fruits like pineapple give you all the good of vitamin C along with massaging of the gums. While rabbits aren’t known for eating citrus fruits, they do get a regular dose of vitamin C from their leafy greens.
Clearly, rabbits know what they’re doing when it comes to eating right for healthy teeth. Want healthy teeth and a pretty smile? Eat like a rabbit.