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Posted on 02-03-2016

February is National Pet Dental Health month, so we thought we would share some fun facts about animal teeth!

  • Puppies have 28 teeth.  Often referred to as “milk teeth,” these teeth are very sharp but have shallow roots which allow puppies to easily shed them.  The adult teeth begin to emerge around 6 months of age.
  • Adult dogs have 42 teeth.  Canine saliva has a very high PH, which prevents demineralization, so dogs rarely get cavities.  However, they are prone to plaque and tartar buildup which can lead to gum disease, so don’t skip the yearly dental check-up!
  • Kittens have 26 teeth; an adult cat has 30 teeth.  Cats don’t have molars like dogs and people do.  All of a cat’s teeth are designed to tear rather than chew.  Cats can also develop gum disease and should have a yearly dental exam.
  • Elephants do have molars.  Each molar is about 7” square and weighs around 10 lbs.  An elephant grinds down its molars and grows new ones up to six times in its lifetime.
  • Pigs have 44 teeth.  The canine teeth, called “tusks,” grow continually and are sharpened by the upper and lower tusks rubbing against each other.
  • The teeth of some small rodents, such as rats, mice and hamsters, also grow continually.  The teeth of the Pocket Gopher can grow up to 15” per year!  To prevent problems caused by unchecked tooth growth, small rodents need chew blocks to gnaw on.
  • Dolphins have around 200 teeth.
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it has no teeth at all.  Blue Whales eat tiny shrimp called krill.
  • Rabbits have 28 adult teeth and typically shed their baby teeth in utero.
  • An armadillo has 104 teeth which it uses to eat insects, fruit, and small vertebrates.
  • And, saving the best for last, the Snail:  a snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!  A snail’s teeth, called radula, are located on its tongue and allow it to scrape against its food.  Fortunately, this eliminates the need for flossing.


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