An elephant may never forget, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have to remember to occasionally visit the dentist. Take Lucha, a 33-year-old elephant at the Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England who recently came down with a toothache and had to see a dental specialist to get it fixed.
Zookeepers noticed that Lucha had stopped eating. When they examined her, they found that one of her molars was wobbly and had become infected. A dental specialist was called in to remove the tooth, which was about the size of a brick—almost as big as your whole head!—and now Lucha is feeling much better.
Whether they’re big or small, proper dental care is important for anyone or anything with teeth, from your new puppy all the way up to an elephant like Lucha. While animals may not go to the same Overland Park dentist that you do, they still need proper oral care and regular teeth cleanings, just like a person. In the case of your pets, this may involve dental checkups at the vet, as well as tooth-cleaning treats or even tiny toothbrushes that you use to brush your dog’s teeth. In the case of bigger animals like Lucha, specialists are trained in the particular needs that their larger teeth face.
In fact, pretty much any famous animal that you can think of probably goes to the dentist—assuming they’re the kind of animal that has teeth! Grumpy Cat probably goes to the dentist regularly, even if she isn’t known for flashing that healthy smile. Other celebrity animals from throughout history also made regular trips to get their teeth cleaned and cared for, including Spuds MacKenzie, Mr. Ed the Talking Horse, Gidget (the Taco Bell Chihuahua), Bei Bei the Panda, Knut the German Polar Bear, Boo the Pomeranian, and more!
And you can bet that every animal at the zoo receives regular dental checkups along with all of the other care that they undergo to make sure they’re healthy and happy. The zoo has specialists who monitor the health of their animals, and that includes dental specialists who make sure that their teeth are in great shape, just like the dental specialist who removed Lucha’s infected molar!
So the next time you have to go to see your Overland Park dentist, just remember that you’re not alone! Pretty much any animal with teeth needs proper dental care and hygiene. And if you ever have to have a tooth pulled, just be glad that your teeth aren’t as big as Lucha’s!
Since an elephant never forgets, let’s hope that Lucha remembers to brush from now on, and to floss regularly. And hopefully that’ll help all of us remember it, too!
If you have an elephant-sized toothache, or just need a regular checkup, give your Overland Park dentist a call at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment today!