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So What Kind of Teeth Does the Olympic Panda Have?

The countdown to the Beijing Olympics is on amongst much anticipation.The giant panda has been embraced as the national mascot.

The panda is a mammal recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.

So what kind of teeth does a panda have? The simple answer is human teeth!

The panda’s round face is the result of powerful jaw muscles, which attach from the top of the head to the jaw. Large molar teeth, similar to that found in humans and strong jaw muscles, crush through tough bamboo.

Although a carnivore, the panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. The cuddly creatures do eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges and banana’s, when available!

32 Teeth Are Just Not Enough!

Did you know that animals’ teeth are different depending upon what foods they eat?

Meat-eaters (carnivores) have sharp teeth.

Plant-eaters (herbivores) have flat teeth.

Animals that eat both plants and meat, like humans, have sharp teeth in front and flat teeth at the back.

Animal facts:

Sharks lose teeth each week. They get new teeth when they lose the old ones. They may have over 20,000 teeth in a lifetime.

Crocodiles have 60 teeth in their mouth at any one time and can grow up to 2-3,000 teeth during their lifetime.

Poisonous snakes have hollow fangs which eject poison.

Giraffes have 32 teeth, just like humans.

Elephants have four sets of teeth in their lifetime. Their tusks are the longest teeth in the world.

Dolphins have more teeth than any other animal. Some dolphins have over 200 teeth. Scientists can tell the age of a dolphin by the rings on their teeth.

Snowshoe rabbits fight with their teeth. Adult males, called bucks, fight one another with their teeth when they court the females or does.

Baleen whales don’t have teeth. Instead they have stiff, fringed plates, made of the same stuff as human hair and fingernails. They hang down from the upper jaw and trap small fish and other food.

Come to Sparkle Dental Boutique, Acton to see what your teeth can do for you.