Jun 08

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Animals Celebrate National Smile Month

by Staff

June kicks off National Smile month and the animals at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa are showing off their pearly and not-so-pearly whites!

The animal care teams at the SeaWorld Parks in Florida manage millions of teeth every year to keep all the animals healthy. Here's a mouthful of dental details from our animal friends sure to make you smile.

Sharks have four or more rows of teeth and when teeth fall out, new ones take their place. Some species of sharks may shed as many as 30,000 teeth in a lifetime.

Since California sea lions don't have enamel like human teeth, their teeth build up a dark coating for protection.

Orangutans have 32 teeth, the same number as humans.

Hippos have larger teeth on the bottom, which sharpen each time they open and close their mouths. This helps maintain hippos' overall dental health by preventing the teeth from growing too quickly.

Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at a time. Each tooth is replaced once it wears down. An alligator can go through up to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

Learn more about SeaWorld and Busch Gardens animals and their smiles at seaworld.org