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Published on Oct 22, 2013

Armed with a tiny toothbrush, zookeepers are determined to give our gila monster some minty, fresh breath.

We don't recommend trying this at home—gila monsters are one of only a handful of venomous lizards—but do watch what it takes for the keepers to ensure the oral health of an aging, 43-year-old male gila monster here at Woodland Park Zoo.

The tooth brushing and regular antibiotics help with the gila monster's gingivitis and gum inflammation, not uncommon in aging lizards. As you can see in the video, he's quite cooperative, allowing one keeper to hold him in place while the other gently brushes. The toothpaste leaves him with that fresh-from-the-dentist gleam. When placed back into his exhibit, he always takes a big drink of water as if to rinse!

Read more about this gila monster's daily brushing at http://bit.ly/gilamonster

For details on Pumpkin Bash, visit: http://www.zoo.org/pumpkinbash

Produced by Kirsten Pisto

All music courtesy of http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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