Animals Have Amazing Teeth
If you’ve ever taken the time to look in your mouth and see all the different types of teeth in there, you probably think they’re pretty amazing. You wouldn’t be wrong, but there are other amazing teeth in the world that are just as deserving of attention! From the monumentous tusks of the Elephant to the ever regrowing teeth of the Great White Shark the animals of the world have an astounding array of tools in their dental kit. We’re going to introduce you to just some of the interesting teeth in the animal kingdom below.
These aren’t quite the smallest teeth in the animal kingdom, but they certainly are the most surprising (and irritating). If you thought that mosquitoes didn’t have teeth, just a needle-like nose they use to drink blood, you’re about to be surprised! Mosquitoes actually have a set of 47 teeth, that’s more than us!
Rodents Unending Teeth
Several animals in the rodent kingdom (And their cousins the lagomorphs, or rabbits) actually have to keep chewing throughout their entire lives. If they don’t constantly chew on hard and gritty things than their teeth can actually grow to be too big for their mouths. They have to constantly wear down their teeth so they don’t become a problem.
Certain breeds of warthog have a rather unusual, and somewhat disturbing, problem with their tusks. As these pigs get older their tusks continue to grow in a curve. Eventually, they can grow so pronounced that they double back and begin to pierce their skull right between their eyes. How mother nature evolved such an unusual thing we’ll never know.
Dolphin Teeth Have Rings
Have you ever seen tree’s rings and used them to tell how old the tree is? Dolphin teeth behave in a similar fashion! Rather than growing new teeth like the Great White, Dolphins add a new layer to their teeth and only get one set for their entire lives! We’re not sure which of them is better off, but we wouldn’t mind being able to grow new layers of enamel on our teeth.
Have you ever noticed the dexterous tongue of a Giraffe and wondered what their teeth were like? Well, you may be surprised to learn that Giraffes don’t have top feet in the front, instead, they have lots of grinding teeth in the back and a tongue that transports the greenery to them!
These are just some of the amazing teeth you can find in the animal kingdom. You may think these are neat but you never really know what you’ll find when you go looking. Snails have thousands of teeth on their tongues, for instance! If you want to know more about your amazing teeth and how to take care of them give a call to Dr. Alireza Movassaghi at the Alvarado Dental Center in Los Angeles, CA to make an appointment today! Your teeth may be pretty incredible, but you need to take good care of them if they’re going to last a lifetime.