Friday, June 29, 2012

Dr. Neuhaus takes care of human teeth, but he loves to learn fun facts about animal teeth.  Here are some of his favorites:

  • An ant can carry 50 times its own weight over its head, using its jaws to lift! 
  • Crocodiles clean their teeth by allowing small birds, called plovers, to stand in their mouths and pick the scraps of food out of their jaws.  (Dr. Neuhaus thinks this is an interesting alternative to a toothbrush!)  And, a crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times during its life!
  • The sperm whale is the biggest toothed animal on the entire planet.
  • A tiny mosquito actually has 47 teeth.
  • A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 6 pounds.

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