Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
Teaching your children about their teeth and ways to exhibit good oral hygiene is important from a young age. To make things more fun, you can also teach them some fun facts about different animals and their teeth. While our mouths are typically all the same, here are some very interesting facts about some of our most favorite furry, scaley and slimy friends!
Teaching your child to floss their teeth is really crucial to their oral health. And guess who else loves to floss? Monkeys! Monkeys have been found using pieces of their own hair to clean their teeth!
Giraffes have the same amount of teeth as humans–32!
Did you know that baleen whales are toothless? They have fringed plates that hang from their upper jaws made from keratin, which are used to trap small fish to eat.
We all know that sharks have big, sharp teeth! But did you know that they actually have multiple rows of teeth and an ability to regrow them for life? Anytime a tooth is lost, it takes only a period of days or months to replace it with a new one. Yikes!
Elephants have a set of teeth that never stop growing! They have the longest teeth in the whole world, which are referred to as tusks!
One major difference between a frog and a toad is that a toad does not have any teeth! Despite the difference, they both swallow their food whole anyway.
How can you tell the age of a dolphin? By looking at their teeth! They have age rings that appear on their teeth, signifying how old they are. They keep the same set of teeth that they were born with, never replacing them with adult teeth.
Turtles do not have teeth but are still able to nibble their food! How, you ask? They use their beak to hold and slice food and also have jaws with horned ridges to help them with food break down.
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Since we don’t have the ability to constantly regenerate our teeth like sharks do, it’s important to maintain what we have. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!