Teeth are amazing and allow us to do so many things. However, in the animal kingdom, some teeth can be pretty scary! Here at a few scary animal teeth facts to wow your kids with at the dinner table!
5 Scary Animal Teeth
Great White Shark – Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on earth and they have around 3,000 teeth in their mouths at any one time! These teeth are arranged in multiple rows in their mouths and lost teeth are easily grown back in. In fact, it’s estimated that great white sharks go through around 30,000 teeth in a lifetime!
Saltwater Crocodiles – Of all the animals in the world, the saltwater crocodile has the strongest bite force. Their bite force is 3,700 pounds per square inch. For comparison, the average human can only generate a bite force of 150-200 pounds per square inch!
Hippopotamus – Hippopotamuses have the largest teeth of any land animal. In fact, their canine teeth can grow to be 1.5 feet long and their front incisors grow to be around 1.2 feet long!
Babirusa – The babirusa is better known as the saber-toothed pig. Babirusas are hogs that have two large canine teeth, which can grow up to 8 inches long, sometimes growing right through the skin. These teeth will never stop growing and may even curl back onto themselves in the growth process.
Payara – Payaras are known as vampire fish because of their incredible teeth. The payara has two large fangs that grow from the lower jaw into the upper jaw and head of the fish. When the teeth aren’t being used to eat, they are stored in negative spaces in the fish’s head!
Even animals have ways to keep their teeth clean. They instinctively know the importance of clean and healthy teeth. It’s important that parents teach their children good at-home oral hygiene routines and bring them in for a dental cleaning and a checkup every 6 months. To make your child’s dental appointment, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry today. Our child’s dentist is located here in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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