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Wild Teeth of North Carolina State Animals

Across the animal kingdom, you’ll find unique sets of teeth. Some animals have pointy teeth to kill prey; others have flatter teeth because they eat a vegetarian diet. Let’s take a closer look at the teeth of animals from North Carolina.

Two horses of different shades of brown with white noses stand in a field of long grasses in front of rock formation

Colonial Spanish Mustang

Wild horses have roamed the Outer Banks for hundreds of years. They are direct descendants of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs brought to America by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. In 2010, North Carolina named this breed as the official state horse.

Teeth

Horses, like humans, develop 2 sets of teeth in their lifetime, and by age 5, they will have their full set of adult teeth. Also similar to humans, horses can experience their own dental issues like worn-down or loose teeth.

Vintage black and white photos of a father and son hunting with their 3 Plott Hounds in the woods in North Carolina

Plott Hound

This pack-hunting dog was first bred in North Carolina over 200 years ago to help humans hunt bears and wild boar. Today, Plott Hounds continue to be strong pack hunters, and many are still used as hunting dogs. They are very active dogs that need daily exercise. Plott Hounds are best suited in homes with acres of land or a big yard that will allow them to roam.

Teeth

Plott Hounds start with 28 baby teeth. Due to rapid growth, they have a full set of 42 adult teeth by six months old!

Are You a Dog Parent?

More than 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease, according to the American Veterinarian Dental Society. Therefore, it is imperative for you to regularly brush your pup’s teeth to prevent bacteria and tooth decay!

A female black and white striped Marbled Salamander burrows in the mud over her eggs

Marbled Salamander

The marbled salamander is a medium-sized salamander ranging from 3.5 to 5 inches in length. They may be hard to spot because they are nocturnal amphibians and bury themselves or hide behind logs during daylight hours. At night, they roam to find food and breed. They feed off of insects, including centipedes, snails, spiders, and other terrestrial invertebrate.

Teeth

To hold prey, marbled salamanders have tiny vomerine teeth on the upper jaw and in the front part of the mouth.

Sepia image of 2 large Megalodon shark tooth fossil from a giant extinct shark mirroring each other

Megalodon Shark

Did you know the Megalodon shark tooth is the official North Carolina state fossil? The Megalodon was a massive shark that lived over 1.5 million years ago. Archaeologists believe the Megadolon shark may have reached over 40 feet in length and weighed up to 100 tons!

Teeth

The Megalodon fossil shark tooth is heart-shaped with a pointed tip, growing up to 7 inches in length.

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As you can see, dental health isn’t just a human concern. To make sure your own teeth are healthy and plaque-free, call our team to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you at one of our five locations!

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