Your teacher told me that February is Dental Health month in First Grade.
You learned a lot about teeth this month. Strong teeth are very, very important for people and animals. Keeping them clean is an important part of keeping them healthy. Eating properly is also an important part of keeping teeth healthy and strong.
Matt used to work at Timpanogos Animal Hospital in Pleasant Grove. He used to help the techs. One of the things he got to help with was cleaning dog's teeth.
Did you know that it's important to clean your dog's teeth? Most people don't like to brush their dog's teeth because dogs hate it! We use a special treat that cleans the dog's teeth called Dentastix.
People dentists like our dentist, Michelle Jorganson, like to clean people's teeth twice a year. Dogs should get their teeth cleaned once a year.
|This dog has dirty teeth. Some of his teeth are infected and broken. Dogs don't take good care of their teeth. Do you see all the yellow stuff near the dog's gums? He also has a broken tooth on his top jaw near the red plastic tie.|
Are you wondering what the tube is? It goes down his throat towards his lungs and carries a special gas that keeps the dog asleep. Dogs don't like getting their teeth cleaned. People can sit in a chair and have a hygienist clean their teeth, but a dog won't do that.
|These are Scout's teeth.|
He is a good dog to let us hold his mouth open!
|Here are JJ's teeth.|
She's a good dog, too.
|This is Misty.|
She has all her adult teeth.
Misty's teeth look different from JJ and Scout's teeth.
|This is Annie.|
She has all her adult teeth, too.
Is there a difference between goat teeth and dog teeth?
|Annie loves Matt!|
She still gives goat hugs after Matt is done holding her mouth open for pictures.
|Here are River's teeth.|
Do you see how small they are?
She's getting ready to loose the two center front teeth.
Goats have 32 teeth total in their mouth. They have 8 in the front. How many back teeth do they have?
Goats use their back teeth for chewing, just like you. They don't need top teeth in the front because they use their front teeth for biting leaves, branches, and hay.
|Chickens don't have any teeth!|
They have a beak!
They need their beak to peck food into small enough pieces for them to eat.
You've learned a lot about teeth this month. Look at the animals you see this week and check out their teeth. Think about what shape and size their teeth are, and what type of food they eat. I'm sure you'll notice that their teeth are just right for the food they eat!