Bite-sized fun facts about turtle teeth

16th June 2019 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

June 16th is dedicated to raising awareness of sea turtles around the world. So if you’re interested in learning more about these unusual, shy creatures, then read on to learn everything you need to know about turtle teeth.

Here are some interesting turtle facts you can share with the kids while you’re brushing your teeth together. There’s so much to learn about turtles, you may even spend more than our recommended two minutes brushing!

When is a turtle a turtle?

They really are strange. Even the term ‘turtle’ is a confusing one. The generic term for these scaly, shelled, egg-laying reptiles is either “testudines” or “chelonia”. Neither are words in common use!

While some people call all of these reptiles ‘turtles’, it’s not so simple. It’s probably best to stick to ‘tortoises’ for creatures that live on land, ‘terrapins’ for those who populate fresh water, and ‘turtles’ for the salt-water swimmers.

In fact, it’s really important to know your tortoise from a turtle or a terrapin, because a tortoise can’t swim!

turtle teeth replaced by beak in modern turtle seen swimming in Turkey

Is there such a thing as turtle teeth?

What can we learn from turtles?

We’re lucky to have teeth!

Teeth help us to bite and chew food, so we’re less likely to choke. Moreover, our sense of taste and smell allow us to enjoy eating experiences that are pleasurable. Teeth also help to make us look attractive.

Have you ever seen a turtle smile?

It’s definitely worth spending some time to look after our teeth, so that they can last us a lifetime!

Caring for children’s teeth

All SpaDental practices are dedicated to preventive care. We strongly encourage parents to bring babies for a dental check before their first birthday. Regular visits to the dentist from an early age can help prevent problems later.

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