Tooth FAQs:


Q: Are teeth covered by gums?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth usually lost in the course of feeding if the prey is struggling?

A: Yes.

Q: Is tooth worn away by incisors every week?

A: Yes, and whereas the posterior teeth require a month to wear away the same amount.

Q: Are teeth not always attached to the jaw?

A: Yes, as they are in mammals.

Q: Are teeth from scales which were retained in the mouth?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth attached to the outer surface of the bone?

A: Yes, while in lizards they are attached to the inner surface of the jaw by one side.

Q: Are teeth intertwined?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth commonly removed?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth very resistant?

A: Yes, and often preserved when bones are not, and reflect the diet of the host organism, they are very valuable to archaeologists and palaeontologists.

Q: Are teeth known as polyphyodontia?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth similar across the vertebrates?

A: Yes, although there is considerable variation in their form and position.

Q: Are teeth used for chewing at a given time?

A: Yes, and as each tooth wears out, another tooth moves forward to take its place in a process similar to a conveyor belt.

Q: Are teeth among the most distinctive features of mammal species?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth also known as aradicular teeth?

A: Yes, and unlike humans whose ameloblasts die after tooth development, rodents continually produce enamel, they must wear down their teeth by gnawing on various materials.

Q: Are teeth unique to vertebrates?

A: Yes, although many invertebrates have analogous structures often referred to as teeth.

Q: Are teeth similar to those in manatees?

A: Yes, and it is notable that elephants are believed to have undergone an aquatic phase in their evolution.

Q: Are teeth not made of bone?

A: Yes, but rather of multiple tissues of varying density and hardness.

Q: Are teeth related to its diet?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth very resistant?

A: Yes, and they also can be brittle and highly susceptible to cracking.

Q: Are teeth very short and the teeth are often lost altogether?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth created within old teeth?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth generally simple and conical in shape?

A: Yes, although there is some variation between species, most notably the venom-injecting fangs of snakes.

Q: Are teeth histologically and developmentally different from vertebrate teeth and are unlikely to be homologous?

A: Yes.

Q: Are teeth made of cementum on the outer surface?

A: Yes, and whales have cementum on the entire surface of the tooth with a very small layer of enamel at the tip.

Q: Are teeth less likely than humans to form dental cavities because of the very high pH of dog saliva?

A: Yes, and which prevents enamel from demineralizing.

Q: Are teeth attached to the palate or to the floor of the mouth?

A: Yes, and forming additional rows inside those on the jaws proper.

Q: Are teeth attached by tough ligaments to the hoops of cartilage that form the jaw?

A: Yes.