The human tooth is interesting.
It has been the subject of hundreds of research. From its components to its functions and problems, topics on human tooth seem to be endless.
There are always discoveries – new, proof of previous studies, or counterproof debunking another finding.
We have heard of many facts about the human tooth – some fascinating (Like how everyone’s tongue and tooth prints are unique), while others are disturbing (You know, like the fact that there are more than 300 types of bacteria making up dental plaque).
But, the human tooth is not the only interesting tooth in the world. Our fellow living things – animals, have fascinating tooth facts as well.
Read on and get to know animals’ teeth a bit with the facts below.
- The tallest living terrestrial animals, giraffes, only have bottom teeth. Another surprising tooth fact about giraffes is that they have the same number of teeth (32) like humans.
- Birds lack teeth, prompting them to swallow stones or grits to break up hard foods.
- The Egyptian plover is known as the crocodile bird because it flies into a crocodile’s mouth and cleans its teeth.
- Pigs have 44 teeth, while armadillos have 104 teeth. Different animals have a different number of teeth.
- But, other animals do not have teeth. Aside from birds, the most massive creature on Earth, the blue whale, lack teeth which may not be a big concern as its diet consists of tiny shrimps.
- The tusk of the narwhal is a tooth.
- Snails may be small, and their mouth is no larger than a pin’s head, but these creatures have an incredible number of teeth. Snails have more than 25,000 teeth!
- Human teeth cannot regenerate and grow new ones when permanent teeth are broken. On the one hand, elephants can grow new molars six times in a lifetime. This molar can grow up to seven inches square and weigh more than six pounds.
- Another way to differentiate frogs from toads? Toads have no tooth, while frogs do!
- Dolphins have only one set of teeth in their lifetime which has 250 teeth. Want to know more about dolphin’s teeth? They have an additional protective layer over their teeth to toughen them as they age. Because of this layer, you can know the dolphin’s age by counting the rings.
- Humans lose their baby teeth during various times of childhood. On the one hand, bunnies lose their baby teeth while inside the womb.
- Mosquitoes have 47 teeth!
- Losing a tooth? Sharks can and cannot relate. Confused? Well, these sea creatures lose their teeth each week, but also replace them with a new set of teeth.
- Tyrannosaurus has 60 teeth that can grow up to nine-inches in length.
- Herbivores like cows and sheep do not have incisors. Instead, they use their lips to cut plants.
- Komodo dragons have a high count of oral bacteria. They easily infect their enemies with their sharp teeth.
- Turtles do not have teeth. Well, it was not always the case as once upon a time, they did have teeth.
- Spiders do not have a full set of teeth. Instead, these insects have fangs.
- Chimpanzees are proving that may indeed be our relatives as they have the same number of teeth (32) as us.
- A horse’s teeth are larger in mass than its brain.
- Rats teeth never stop growing that they need to gnaw to reshape and reduce their teeth’s size.
Want one last animal teeth fact? Animal teeth need to be taken cared of like human teeth.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends annual checkup of your pet’s teeth and gums for indications of dental issues and to keep their mouth in the best shape.
Aside from checkups, regular brushing is advised using specially formulated toothpaste as regular human toothpaste may not be suitable for animals.
Also, choose crunchy snacks instead of soft foods as these soft foods can stick to the teeth and cause decay. Your pets can chew on toys and bones to clean their teeth and strengthen their gums.
Visit your pet’s veterinarian for the right dental products, treats, and diets for your pet.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.