Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

ANIMAL Dental Trivia

  • Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth.
  • Pigs have 44 teeth.
  • Armadillos have as many as 104 teeth.
  • Sharks have an unlimited supply of teeth.
  • Rabbits, squirrels and rodents teeth never stop growing. They keep them worn down by gnawing on hard foods like bark.
  • Even though whales are very big, some of them don’t have any teeth. They have rows of stiff hair-like combs that take food from the ocean.
  • Snails are very small but they have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.
  • Minnows have teeth in their throat.
  • A crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times in a lifetime.
  • Turtles and Tortoises are toothless.
  • A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  • An Elephant’s tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. That’s heavier than a big jug of milk!
  • Fangs are not found in all snakes, but all snakes do have teeth, usually 6 rows worth. The teeth are curved backwards, just like the barbs on a fishing hook which keeps their prey from escaping.
  • “Long in the Tooth”, meaning “old”, was originally used to describe horses. As a horse ages, their gums recede, giving the impression that their teeth are growing in length. The longer the teeth look, the older the horse.
  • Aardvark teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrown continuously.
  • The mammal that has the most teeth is the long snouted spinner dolphin with 252 teeth





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