Friday, May 15, 2015

Toothy fun

An adult dog has 42 teeth.
Teeth are important, for humans, cats, dogs, and everyone else. Cleaning a pet's teeth can be a little more difficult than brushing our own, but there are pet toothbrushes, chews, dental sprays, and dental wipes that can make the process easier.

Besides using teeth and cleaning teeth, most of us don't know all that much about animal teeth. Here are some fun facts:

Human children have 20 baby teeth that fall out. Human adults have 32 teeth. Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.

42 teeth sounds like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to some other animals. A white shark has about 24 exposed teeth on their top and lower jaws respectively, but behind these 48, a white shark can have five more rows of developing teeth. When the shark loses one of the main teeth, a developing tooth rotates in and replaces it.

Alligators have a similar system. An alligator has an average of 80 teeth in the mouth at any one time, and when one falls out another takes its place.

Dolphins also have a surprising amount of teeth. An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin has between 80 and 100 teeth. The short-beaked common dolphin has around 240.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. We do our best to keep our chompers in tip top shape.

    1. You are very good at that. I enjoyed your review of the new doggie toothbrush! :-)