Shark Teeth, Ooh Ha Ha
Unlike people, sharks do not have to worry about their teeth not growing back. Humans must floss and brush teeth daily to keep bacteria from decaying our teeth, while sharks can easily replace whatever teeth they lose! So, unless you’re a shark, be sure to brush and floss every day, because unlike sharks, we only have two sets of teeth in our lifetime!
Want to know more? Check out these fun facts about shark teeth:
- Most sharks have about five rows of teeth, but the bull shark has about 50 rows of teeth!
- Shark’s teeth work like a conveyer belt – once a shark loses a tooth, the next one just replaces the lost one. This happens because shark teeth aren’t attached to the jaw bone like human teeth are, they are attached to the gums instead!
- Even though sharks can lose their teeth from biting into prey, the lost tooth is replaced within a day!
- Sharks can go through as many as 35,000 teeth in their lifetime!
- Sharks don’t get cavities.
- Human teeth and shark teeth are both made of the same substance called dentin! They are also equally hard.
- Baby sharks are born with a full set of teeth, so they can swim away from their mothers and eat on their own!
- Sharks can move both their upper and bottom jaws – we can only move our bottom jaw!
- Shark’s teeth range in size and point based on their diet.
- Sharks are covered in tiny teeth called “denticles”.
For humans, losing teeth is no laughing matter – it can be costly for both your wallet and your health to lose a permanent tooth. And, “baby” teeth are equally important to care for, even though they will eventually be replaced. So if you haven’t been to see us in a while, give us a call Great Grins Children's Dental Specialists at Louisville Office Phone Number 502-231-1418 to book your appointment to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.