5 Fun Facts to Teach Your Kids About Animal Teeth
When it comes to kids, one of the best ways to teach them about teeth is using things that they love as examples. If your kids are really into animals (and what kid isn’t), here are a few facts you can share to get a conversation going about the importance of teeth.
Giraffes – Giraffes are well-known for their neck length, but despite how long their necks are, giraffes still have the same number of cervical vertebrae as humans – 7. What is something else giraffes and humans have in common? We have the same number of teeth – 32.
Sharks – Sharks, on the other hand, are primarily known for their teeth. One amazing fact is that sharks have multiple rows of teeth and regrow them for life (although it can take anywhere from a few days to a few months for a tooth to regrow). Unfortunately, humans only get two sets – baby teeth and adult teeth – so we have to take good care of the ones we have.
Elephants – This magnificent animal sports the world’s longest teeth. In fact, their teeth never stop growing, so the longer they are, the older the elephant probably is. Of course, rather than teeth we usually call them tusks.
Dolphins – This is an animal that keeps the same set of teeth from the womb to the grave. In fact, you can tell a dolphin’s age by the number of rings on its teeth (kind of like the rings that tell how old a tree is).
Toads and Frogs – Toads are actually toothless. Frogs have teeth but don’t use them for chewing. Both animals just swallow food down whole (which is not recommended for humans).
Teaching Kids How to Care for Their Teeth
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on teaching kids to care for their teeth at home. That combined with a couple of annual professional cleanings should allow your kids to maintain a happy and healthy smile for many years to come. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, just call 619-741-1500.