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This lioness was happy to show Russell her magnificent dentition on a recent trip to Africa. This however was as close as he wanted to get in his study of comparative anatomy.

The lion has large canines for gripping prey, which are usually suffocated. The premolars are adapted to the lions carnivorous diet and are called carnassial teeth. They have a shearing action which allows them to slice through animals hides and bite off chunks of meat small enough to be swallowed. This is why lions seem to “chew” with the side of their mouth.

Us humans have a dentition adapted to our omnivorous diet. Our canines are much smaller and our premolars are designed to masticate rather than shear food.

Dr. Hari Menon

Dr. Hari Menon

Hari is an owner of Rockingham Dental Centre. A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Hari’s dental career has taken him as far as Darwin where he has had experience in many rural areas with indigenous communities. He has also completed numerous hours of continuing education with an emphasis on aesthetic dentistry ranging from ceramic inlays/onlays, veneers, crowns and restorations for implants. He is always eager for the latest tech and gadgets available on the market.


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