Humans can tackle some pretty impressive food sources with our teeth, but we’re hardly the most impressive. There are lots of animals out there in the wild whose teeth have evolved along with their environments and food sources. We gathered a few of our favorites and wanted to share them with you here in Tehachapi, CA.
If you’ve been to an aquarium, one of the most common artifacts or skeletons you would find are that of a shark’s. You may notice that a shark’s jaw doesn’t just contain two arches of teeth, but multiple rows of several teeth. Shark teeth are surprisingly fragile, and every time a shark loses a tooth, it can be quickly replaced by a new tooth in line behind it. Over their lifetime, sharks will lose hundreds or thousands of teeth, but they never have to worry about having a gap in their smile.
Did you know that sharks and elephants have something in common? Okay, maybe they don’t share this trait exactly, but sharks aren’t the only animals that can generate new teeth throughout their lifetime. Elephants can too! However, unlike a shark, elephants grow in new teeth very slowly, and always from the back of the mouth. As the new teeth emerge in the back, the other teeth in the front are pushed out of the mouth. The teeth that are deposited are worn out and unusable for the elephant, so it’s efficient that they grow new teeth frequently throughout their lifetime.
Snakes that transfer poison in their fangs are as fascinating as they are dangerous. While you don’t want to come into close contact with one, it’s interesting to learn how it works. Poisonous snakes actually have a gland in their mouth that drips the poison into their fangs. When these snakes strike, the poison is immediately transferred to the victim through the bite. Scary, but definitely efficient. These are not to be confused with venomous snakes, as that poison is sprayed from the mouth instead of through the bite.
You may not have realized it at first, but you’ve seen this fish somewhere online. It’s popular in a lot of articles about “stuff of nightmares” or similar topics, due to the almost unbelievable appearance of this fish’s teeth. They look just like human teeth! While scientists have yet to discover why this fish has chompers that resemble human cuspids and molars, it’s theorized that the thick teeth are used to eat crustaceans as a food source.
Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea, but did you know that massive horn is actually a really long tooth? As narwhals grow, one canine tooth erupts from the lip of the narwhal, corkscrewing into a long horn. At first, researchers thought narwhals used this horn as a boar would use their tusks: to fight amongst themselves for dominance. But the reality could be that they use this tusk as a sensory device, to find food or feel the temperature of the water. Research is still being done to uncover the truth.
Unfortunately, we humans only have two sets of teeth in our lifetime, and we can’t grow new ones once a tooth falls out. Luckily for patients in the Tehachapi, CA area, Dr. Jose David Sanchez is here to help. Peruse this Dental Implants InfoSite for more information on this treatment and what it would mean for your smile.
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