Human teeth are interesting.
They have been the subject of hundreds of studies. From its components to its functions and problems, topics on human teeth seem to be endless.
There are always discoveries – new findings, proof of previous studies, and even counterproof debunking older findings.
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 (like the fact that there are more than 300 types of bacteria making up your dental plaque).
But human teeth is not the only interesting teeth in the world. Our fellow living beings — animals — have fascinating tooth facts as well.
Animal teeth facts:
- 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) as 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 crocodiles’ 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. The size of the animal does not indicate whether or not they have teeth or how many. 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 shrimp.
- The tusk of the narwhal is essentially a giant 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 square inches and weigh more than six pounds.
- Another way to differentiate frogs from toads? Toads have no teeth while frogs do!
- Dolphins have only one set of teeth in their lifetime which consists of 250 teeth.
- Want to know more about dolphin 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 of their protective tooth layer.
- Humans lose their baby teeth during various times of childhood. On the other hand, bunnies lose their baby teeth while inside the womb.
More crazy animal teeth facts:
- 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.
- Tyrannosauruses had 60 teeth that grew 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, this was not always the case as once upon a time, during pre-historic times to be more specific, they did have teeth.
- Spiders do not have a full set of teeth. Instead, these insects have fangs.
- Chimpanzees 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.
- Dogs’ saliva has a high pH level which makes them less susceptible to cavities. Still, man’s best friend can suffer from oral-related issues without proper care.
- Kittens have 26 very sharp milk teeth which are replaced within six months by 30 adult teeth, consisting of two upper molars, six upper premolars, two upper canines, and six upper incisors.
- Rats teeth never stop growing. Therefore, they need to gnaw to reshape and reduce their teeth’s size.
Want one last animal tooth fact? Animal teeth need to be taken care of like human teeth.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends annual checkups of your pet’s teeth and gums for indications of dental issues.
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. Likewise, 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.