Dental problems in a ferret are similar to those in dogs and cats and they can even suffer from orthodontic conditions.
Soft foods can cause tooth decay and require a visit to the vet for a clean. However remember that to clean a ferret’s teeth, the vet has to anesthetize the animal and that might cause problems.
I heard of 3 ferrets dying after having their teeth cleaned here in Western Australia. It could be that they had underlying problems which the vet was not aware of before putting them under and the anesthetic caused the problem to flare up.
You can read more on Dental Problems in Ferrets on these sites …
Dental Disease in Ferrets (Pet Care Veterinary Hospital)
Ferret Dentistry by Jan Bellows DVM, DipAVDC (All Pets Dental Clinic)
Dental Care of Ferrets by Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Dental Disease in Ferrets by Holly Nash, DVM, MS
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.