Situated on the fall line between the Piedmont region and the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Columbia’s two rivers make it a haven for sport fishing. Sportsman travel from around the United States to fish in Lake Murray, and the South Carolina coasts. Columbia itself is full of experienced fishermen, including Dr. Hahn. Seen below is a saltwater fish caught from his boat.
Just like humans, the teeth of fish tell a story about where they live, what they eat, and how they use their mouths. The sharp, fang-like teeth of Dr. Hahn’s fish suggest that it uses its mouth to puncture the flesh of its prey, stopping them from escaping. While this is somewhat typical for saltwater fish, the teeth of a sheepshead fish tell a completely different story.
Looking like a thing of nightmares, the sheepshead fish, which is prevalent in South Carolina waters, looks like it visited the dentist for a pair of traditional dentures or maybe even dental implants. After the initial shock of their human-like teeth, thinking about what this can tell us about their diet and behavior can be interesting. According to AtlanticPanic, sheepshead are omnivorous fish which feed on invertebrates, small vertebrates and occasional plant material. They use their massive chompers to crush heavily armored and shelled prey like crabs, or to scrape barnacles from rocks. Since they’re omnivorous like people, it makes sense that their teeth would look like ours.
Human Teeth and Diet
Human teeth can also tell you a lot about a person and their diet. If a person has a considerable number of cavities, it’s likely they eat a diet high in sugar or simple starch. Bacteria present in the mouth feed on sugar, reproduce, and create an acidic byproduct that can wear down enamel and cause cavities. The shape of your teeth can also tell a story about stress-levels and mental well-being. Bruxism, more commonly referred to as night-time tooth grinding, is often a symptom of stress and anxiety. If left untreated for too long, it can cause TMJ and permanently damage teeth.
Repairing Damaged (Human) Teeth
If your teeth have already become damaged due to diet or other factors, restorative dentistry can help. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to return functionality and beauty back to your smile. While general dentistry is there to provide preventative treatment, when prevention fails and damage has been done, reconstructive dentistry can give your smile a second chance, even if you’ve lost teeth. If you’ve chipped a tooth due to trauma or cavity, treatments such as dental bonding or crowns can restore the functionality of your teeth.
Other reconstructive dentistry procedures include:
- Composite Fillings
- Dental Implants
- Root Canals
Teeth, regardless of who or what they belong to, can tell the stories about our habits and diet. Next time you’re out fishing in South Carolina, removing your hook from a nice catch, take a quick look at the fish’s mouth. What do you see?
For more photos of Dr. Hahn’s catches, see below.
To start the path to your new natural, beautiful, and healthy smile, please call (803) 781-9090 or contact Smile Columbia Dentistry in Columbia, South Carolina today for your reconstructive dentistry needs.