Guinea pigs have continually growing teeth and overgrown incisors can be readily identified on physical exam. But back teeth overgrowth is usually not detected until the pet stops eating, or takes in food, but can’t swallow and loses weight. Excess drolling, wetting of chin and front paws are also signs of teeth overgrowth problems. Treatment involves trimming teeth and modifying diet.
Bite Problems in guinea pigs are caused by;
It is important to realise that clipping guinea pigs' teeth does not improve the bite and will have to be performed every 3 to 4 weeks for the rest of the gunea pig's life - that is a big commitment. Nail clippers or bone cutters greatly damage the teeth. I have seen several that are splintered, have cut into the internal tooth nerve and have very sharp edges that catch on the tongue and cheeks.
Clipping teeth is an excellent way to fracture teeth and jawsUse of a dental drill is the only safe way to correct teeth problems with your guinea pig.
Some clinical signs in affected pigs:
Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen, so any tissue that is constructed with collagen will be affected by deficiency. I.e Skin, Blood Vessels, periodontal ligament holding teeth in sockets. Etc
Vitamin C deficiency is much more common than previously realised, and is a huge player in the cause of guinea pig teeth problems.