Many South American farmers are focusing on the alpacas based foods, diet plans, treats and guidelines to take care of these domesticated animals on a regular basis. They are eager to know about uniquely weird alpaca teeth and make a better-informed decision to take care of their animals on a regular basis. In general, alpacas have inherited their teeth from their wild ancestors. Teeth of alpacas in our time have the exact layout of ancient fossil alpacas dating back 25 million years. These animals have molars, incisors and canines. These animals’ teeth on the tongue sides are not enhanced in enamel. These teeth usually grow all through the lifetime of alpacas.
There are six incisor teeth in alpacas’ front of the lower jaw. There are no teeth at the front of the upper jaw of alpacas. Incisors of alpacas are designed for the best feeding. Alpacas grab grass, shut their mouth and press the grass against their dental pad at the front of the top jaw with incisors. These teeth are used to tear the grass away from its roots. These teeth fall out and replaced by new teeth at a particular interval when alpacas age. These teeth are worn down by the chewing process.
People who own and take care of alpacas these days have to be conscious about how to carefully trim the incisors of alpacas on a regular basis. If these incisors grow long, then alpacas find too difficult to eat and get their teeth break off soon or later. Incisors grow thicker, harder and longer when you do not trim such teeth every so often. You have to follow the complete guidelines to trim alpacas’ incisors. This is because the cut has to be made in the exact place where usually-aligned teeth touch the dental pad.
There are six molar Alpaca teeth on each jaw on the way to the back of the mouth. There are also three each side plus premolar teeth in the alpacas. Molar teeth are large and suitable for grinding all foods and essential for the complete digestion. These teeth play the main roles by supporting the alpacas to pulverize food. These teeth also support the alpacas to chew part-digested cud comes up from the stomach same as cow.
Veterinarians worldwide get much difficulty to work with these teeth as these teeth are located so far back in the mouth of alpacas. They prefer and use the X-ray to find problems in such teeth and provide the best suitable treatments.
Canine teeth in alpacas are known as fighting teeth. Though alpacas are 100% vegetarian, adult males have the canine teeth in between molars and incisors. These teeth usually appear when alpacas are about two years old. Adult female alpacas also have canine teeth. However, they are not prominent and blunt. These teeth are very sharp when compared to other teeth. There are two canines on alpacas’ upper jaw and one tooth on each side of the lower jaw. These teeth curve backwards when they mature.