Saturday, December 10, 2005


I have some rather unique bathroom reading material now.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine:

Stormy, a 5-year-old groundhog living at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill,
was fitted with braces to correct his teeth. Groundhogs need their two bottom
and top incisors to eat. These teeth continue to grow throughout their lives,
naturally staying worn down through chewing and gnawing. Stormy’s bottom
incisors came in crooked and, as a result, did not wear down—making chewing his
food impossible unless his incisors were trimmed by the zoo’s veterinarian, Tom
Meehan, DVM. With the consult of a Milwaukee dentist who specializes in animal
dentistry, John Sheels, DDS, Meehan wired the groundhog’s bottom incisors
together in August. Thus far, the braces have been a success and Stormy’s teeth
are being brought into occlusion.

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