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Giant Panda Receives Routine Dental Work

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Bai Yun, a 23-year-old Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo needed some dental work after caretakers noticed a chip in one of her lower canines, according to a United Press International article. The procedure was done at the Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine.

After going under anesthesia, Bai Yun had the damaged tooth filled and sealed, while also getting a routine cleaning and some photos taken. 

Pandas can spend up to 12 hours a day chewing on and eating bamboo. The tough nature of the food can wear down and even damage the teeth. 

"The good news is the pulp canal hadn't been compromised, but it's very close to breaking into the pulp canal," Meg Sutherland-Smith, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo said. "What we attempted to do was a restorative procedure to cover up the part of the tooth that was chipped to, hopefully, prevent any further chipping or deterioration."

Now back to the bamboo, but might I suggest a toothbrush when you?re done.

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