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Fun Tooth Facts

Whether for their original use of assisting with chewing food, or the more recent emphasis on beautiful dental hygiene necessary to get a girlfriend in any Utah College, these little chompers have rarely gone unnoticed. Yet, human beings are hardly alone in this. Nearly every mammal and even some fish share in this evolutionary trait. Here are a few fun facts about the wide world of dental variety.
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The Most

The Most

Human beings have 32 teeth in their mouth, a number which may astound you at first, but hardly even ranks in the overall number of teeth competition of life. Rather, some animals such as sharks are fitted with multiple rows of teeth, and are constantly growing new ones in. Sharks and Crocodiles rank pretty high in overall need of biological dental assisting, with the former going through more than 20,000 teeth in a lifetime, while the later goes through about 2-3,000. Yet, even these two big-mouthed predators pale in comparison to the king of teeth, who you might even see on your Utah college campus on a rainy day. Snails hold this impeccable title, with over 25,000 teeth. Fortunately, they are small, slimy, and usually only dangerous if you use it to scare someone who's holding a knife.

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The Largest

The Largest

Size matters, especially in the animal kingdom, and evolution has been assisting various creatures with their dental mass for quite a long time. It should come as no surprise to imagine lions as possessing some of the largest land-based carnivorous teeth in modern times, and sharks such as the prehistoric Megalodon doing the same in the water. In terms of size, however, it's the herbivores, not carnivores, who take the cake in college seminars. The largest sea-based biters come from the Sperm Whale, with each tooth weighing around a kilo each, and reach up to 18cm in length. Elephants and their ancestors however, hold the world record in dental size with whopping 90kg tusks reaching around 300 cm in length. These massive incisors dwarf even the mighty T-rex's 23+cm banana-sized tear-assisting razors. You can also think of it this way: a single elephant tusk can weigh more than the average adult human. Try fitting in at your local college with a pair of those sticking out of your mouth.

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The Strangest

The Strangest

Now, if you're like most children, you take your teeth and hide them under your pillow in order to get a little cash in the morning. Some people though, have other ideas for your dental litter. For example, a Chinese dentist recently used some of his patient's teeth in assisting with his love of art. Using over 28,000 diseased human teeth, one Yu Qian built a 100 in. (8 ft) tower for show, and gained worldwide attention with his dental masterpiece. In addition to wonders like this, the teeth of famous individuals have also caught public attention. The most expensive human tooth ever sold came from the mouth of John Lennon, the famous Beatles star, and sold for $31,000. You may even see the expensive molar coming to Utah, as the owner plans to tour with it as he visits various dental schools and colleges.

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BBC Science & Nature - Human Body and Mind - Skeleton Layer
Food processing: Teeth cut through and chew up food, preparing it for digestion Enamel: Is the hardest substance in the human body Tooth decay: Bacteria in your mouth produce acid which rots your teeth Teeth break down food Your teeth prepare food for digestion by breaking it down and chewing it up.