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Amazing, Strange & Interesting Facts about Animal Teeth; Sharks Have Many Rows Of Teeth!

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There are many wonderful and mysterious things to be learned about the animal kingdom, such as the transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, or a lizard which changes color to blend with the environment to avoid its prey. Animals are both unique and fascinating and while you may not immediately think of their teeth as being particularly interesting, you may be surprised to learn these fun and educational facts about animal teeth.

Strange, Amazing & Interesting Facts about Animal Teeth

Types of Shark Teeth: Sharks have a lot of teeth. In fact sharks can have as many as 20,000 teeth during their lifespan. Shark teeth are positioned in rows which move forward as the new teeth push the old ones out. Sharks lose at least one tooth per week, which in human terms means we would be completely toothless in 32 weeks!
Giraffe Teeth Structure: Giraffes and humans have something in common, both species have 32 teeth! Giraffes differ in that they have no upper front teeth, just molars in the back of their mouths which are sued to chew and grind leaves.
Elephant Teeth: Did you known that elephant tusks are actually extra-long incisors that just never stop growing.
Crocodile Species Teeth: Crocodiles can have as many as 60 teeth at any given time with the ability to generate 2000 teeth during their lifetime. Crocodiles just like sharks are known to lose at least one tooth per week.
Venomous Snake Teeth Facts: Snakes have two hollow teeth called fangs to inject venom into its prey. When a snake breaks a fang, another will grow back in its place.
Open Rooted Teeth of Rabbits & Squirrels: Rabbits and squirrels have teeth that never stop growing. To combat the extra growth and keep it under control they chew on wood, nuts, and bark.
How Many Teeth Does a Mosquito Have?: Did you know that a mosquito has 47 teeth? They are so tiny that they cannot be seen without the assistance of a powerful magnifying glass.
Dolphin Teeth: Dolphins have 200 teeth, which is more teeth than any other animal on earth. You can also accurately tell the age of a dolphin by the rings on their teeth, the same way that you would age a tree.
Marine Snails Teeth Are Stronger than Diamond: As amazing as it sounds, snails have an astounding 25,000 microscopic teeth on their tongues

Humans, Cats & Dogs Are Diphydont Meaning We Have Two Sets of Teeth

Humans and other mammals including cats and dogs are the only species who receive two sets of teeth – baby teeth and adult teeth. If you lose your adult teeth you won’t have the luxury of growing an extra set of replacements. Protect your teeth and your child’s teeth by practicing good dental hygiene and scheduling regular checkups for your child with your Smile Reef Dental Professional.

Take Proper Care of Your Child’s Teeth!

The knowledgeable dental experts at Smile Reef specialize in children dentistry by providing a calming and relaxing atmosphere while diagnosing and addressing some of the most common dental issues found in children. By evaluating your child‘s smile we can provide a professional treatment plan that includes improved oral health and hygiene. Contact the professionals at Smile Reef today to learn more about our comprehensive list of children’s dentistry services.

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Importance Of & Step by Step Instruction for Kids on How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

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Getting your child to brush their teeth may be a fairly easy undertaking. The challenge however is getting them to brush their teeth the right way. Yet it still comes as a surprise when parents learn that their child is not brushing their teeth as well as they could be. Thankfully most oral care mistakes are easy to fix by simply going back to the basics and following a few simple steps.

Choosing the Right Type of Toothbrush

The size of the brush head is extremely important for children because they have much smaller mouths. Tooth brushes are available in many different sizes including the size of the head and the thickness of the handle. If you are unsure which brush is the right one for your child, ask your Smile Reef pediatric dentist for advice. One of the most important things and one that your dentist will insist upon is that the toothbrush you select for your child should always have soft bristles. Why? Because the bristles need to flexible enough to remove bacteria and loosen plaque from the teeth and gums. Many parents believe that the harder the bristles, the more thoroughly they will clean but according to dental care professionals, hard bristles can wear down the structure of the tooth and damage gums.

Brushing Back & Forth Instead of Up & Down

Many parents make the mistake of allowing their child to use too much pressure when brushing their teeth. Teach your child to gently massage their teeth instead of scrubbing. Many children brush back and forth which can cause tiny tears in the gums. Instead teach your child to begin at the gum line and go up and down in small circular motions. Turn the daily chore of brushing into a game by setting an egg timer or using your cell phone to play your child’s favorite tune. Your average song plays for about to 2 to 3 minutes which turns out is the perfect amount of time to remove food particles and plaque.

Don’t Forget the Gum Line When Brushing

Bacteria have a tendency to collect where teeth meet the gum line; unfortunately the area of the tooth just under the gums is one that is often missed during your child’s brushing routine. Brushing should include the entire surface of the tooth including under the gum line. Your Smile Reef pediatric dentist recommends teaching your child to angle the brush at 45-degrees before brushing against the gum line in circular motions as they move up and down the tooth. Don’t forget to teach your child to brush their tongue as part of their daily dental care routine. Most of us are guilty of concentrating on the outside surface of the tooth that can be seen, while neglecting the tongue side or inside surface of the teeth. According to dental professionals this is the most common oral care mishap that we pass on to our children. Plaque build up left sitting on the inside surface of the tooth will cause inflammation along the gums and often turn to calculus (hardened plague) which can only be removed by your dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry

For more information regarding pediatric dentistry, preventative cleaning, and dental exams, contact the knowledgeable experts at Smile Reef Pediatric Dentistry today.

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