Even Hippos need dentists

Dentist is like yeah right you flossed, you don't even have hands

edit: thanks for the gold, kind stranger

He's obligated to treat this animal in spite of the danger.

It says so right there in the hippocratic oath.

That looks unnecessarily dangerous

Those little plastic balls can do a number on a hungry hippo's teeth.

We sometimes have patients who have huge gaps between their teeth (like this hippo) and we can tell them to floss. They look at us all confused and they say floss doesn't do anything.

However, these are the patients that are most likely to get cavities in between their teeth because teeth with light contacts allow food to get in between them. The gaps allows your diet to stick to all surfaces to your teeth.

So how do you floss with large gaps in between your teeth? We call it the C-shape technique: bend the floss around your teeth and slide it down from the base of the exposed tooth to the top of the tooth.

Thanks for reading this. It'll make my job so much easier. I hate filling cavities between teeth.

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Hello friends!

Did you know that adult hippos have 36 teeth including 2 incisors, 1 canine, 3 premolars and 3 molars on each half of the jaw on both sides?

The largest teeth are commonly referred to as tusks.

The front incisors are commonly referred to as "fighting tusks" as they are primarily responsible for inflicting wounds during fights.

dont mess with a hungry hippo !

Watched

a nature show on Netflix a while back, hippos wade into the water and have fishes groom them. They open their mouth and the fishes go in and clean everything... kind of like the whale wash in the sharks tale. The understanding between them was awesome

That's how prostitutes clean their butts in the wild.

Are you sure that the hippos in Africa don't think every human is a dentist and just get carried away trying to be first in line?

Hmmmmmm?

Didn't think of that, did you smarypants?

Delightful to see such a well-behaved hippo. Same hippo would be ruthless in the wild

Now what do you do if you've got virtually no space between your teeth, and your teeth are more likely to shred the floss than let it pass between them.

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Well in the wild, birds and fish pick the junk off the hippo's mouth so the hippo's teeth don't rot away. That's a symbiotic relationship they have so this is instinctual for the hippo.

This guy is acting as a giant fish, really.

To shreds, you say?

Never

Never get between a couple of hungry hippos and their lil plastic balls

Get unwaxed floss (thinner), and avoid the really low quality stuff (which seems to tend to shred). You can get nice nylon-thread floss that's super thin and essentially unshreddable

Did you know that an adult male hippo - weighing anywhere from 3,500 to 10,000 pounds - could totally fuck your shit up?

"We're gonna need you to wear the bird costume, Frank. This is protocol."

We are all well-behaved hippos on this blessed day.

Brave dude. Hippos kill more humans in Africa than any other animal species (source: I seem to recall this from a doc I saw a while back, I think they said hippos, or was it crocs? Damn, I am not sure anymore.)

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Which is a good reason to do a regular check. This way you catch it before it become too bad and apply immediate fix, or can schedule a more in depth intervention (read: put it to sleep, drill, fix and all and wake up). If you catch it early, the animal will react to the touch softly. Might just complain, might just make an unusual movement. Wait too long and the pain will cause he to snap you in half.

That's because they charge and get territorial, they aren't eating people. This Hippo is obviously habituated to humans and is okay with the interaction.

That's really scary knowing they are territorial and stuff . Probably bite you if you move an infected teeth

What an out there comment. And the username. I'm enthralled lol

Thanks for caring enough to share. Lots of people don't realize flossing is about cleaning the pocket of the tooth as well, if I'm remembering what my dentist tells me. Doesn't matter, I floss probably 5/7 days of the week. The rest I'm too lazy, but I've noticed the difference.

BTW, your dentist knows whether you floss too even if they don't call you on it. It's not normal for your gums to bleed if you floss regularly.

I know.

Source: am husband of hippo.

To shreds,you say?

Jiro's son was demoted

Well, how are his gums?

husbandry behavior

This is called a . Many animals in zoos are trained to do this sort of thing so that zookeepers can care for the animals. The caretaker is very familiar with this animal and has progressed to this point over several months of familiarity.

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relevant

smarypants

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"Have you done this before?" asked the hippo. "Just once," said the one armed dentist.

Huh I thought she wore leather for that last special.

Contrary to popular belief; the tooth decay is not caused by Coca-Cola™. It's just because of national causes. Coca-Cola™ doesn't have the ability to cause tooth decay.

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Did you know that you could feed a hungry hippo for life, only at the small cost of 100 duck-sized horses a day?

Well in the wild, birds and fish pick the junk off the hippo's mouth so the hippo's teeth don't rot away. That's a symbiotic relationship they have so this is instinctual for the hippo. This guy is acting as a giant fish, really.

Oral-B glide.

It'll feel more difficult the first time but that's just the gunk in your teeth making the gaps smaller.

You are a beautiful kind of monster.

i'm really fast

I think hippos can move faster than humans.

Stop

"It's really either that or the mermaid costume, Frank."

I feel like I accidentally started an advertisement.

Hippopotafloss?

hey is this same hoppo frm dental exam??

I wasn't ready for this level of seriousness..

https://youtu.be/PFvKAccdJbM

Source:

Actually, the bleeding gums isn't just flossing. While brushing, if your massage your gums with the brush, they'll bleed less.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJk0HA_dCZ8

Better, longer, higher quality source.

I prefer flossopotamus

Oh what do you do? I'm a Hippo dentist.

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Did you know that I want a hippopotamus for Christmas? Only a hippopotamus will do.

I was gonna go for hippoflossamous

Username checks out

Yes.

All I can hear is Vince Masuka's (Dexter) laugh.

Did you know hippos are really big?

Oh, whenever I went to the dentist, my gums would bleed when they flossed after they asked me. I told them the truth, but I still felt gross for bleeding like that. Once I started flossing regularly and not just a few times before and after I went to the dentist the bleeding stopped. Maybe my massage game was already on point.

Who are you fooling, you're probably going to start flossing for a day or two and then stop until you find something else that inspires you to floss.

As a person with tons of gaps, thank you. I'm now going to floss even more now.

Who am I fooling? I am now going to floss.*

hippos' used to make 6k figures in my day for the same job

Thx

Well, username checks out anyway

Their made out of plastic now? I remember them being real marbles because the loser would tend to pelt the winner.

It's just because of national causes

This is just tangentially related to your joke comment, but when I was in college I wrote a series of love letters to Coca-Cola as a joke. I used my best "kid's handwriting," wrote in crayon, drew animals in the margins, and then said absolutely ridiculous/inappropriate things about the nature of my love for Coke (and signed my name with a series of titles that didn't make sense, like Jr. The Third PhD MD DDS DFA etc). I thought whatever customer service rep that read them would get a kick out of it. They responded to my first "love letter" with a form letter addressed to someone else, so I wrote an outraged letter about how I love Coke way more than this "Annie" person, and how I would normally threaten to switch to Pepsi in this situation but we both know it tastes like piss, etc. They sent me a free coupon for an 8-pack as an apology, not that I have ever seen an 8-pack of soda in stores, but I kept the coupon anyway since it was silver and shiny and much fancier than normal coupons.

Anyway, the third letter I wrote was just a "here's how my day was" type of thing, and at some point in the rambling letter (written in crayon, remember) I offhandedly mentioned somewhere in there that I had gone to the dentist recently (I didn't say that it had anything to do with Coke or anything, just that I had some cavities filled or something). Their first two response letters were a few sentences each, but this one was 3+ pages and seemed written by a lawyer that went on and on about how there's never been any proven link between Coca-Cola and cavities, etc. It was a huge turn-off so I never wrote to them again. No mention was ever made of my very super artistic colorings of animals, and I was very disappointed.

That man most likely took care of the hippo since it was a baby.

That's the only reasonably explanation as to why it didn't bumrush him.

I'm pretty sure that humans are the animal that kill the most humans in Africa.

Now kith

Quit

That's nothing. Try hooking up Operation to 220v

Sigh

You better hope and pray Ms. Hippo doesn't see your post.

I saw an article once on a San Diego zebra trained to have her teeth floated (read: ground down with a file) without any physical or chemical restraint. Domestic horses won't do that. It really speaks to the quality of training in good zoos. Hyenas that expose their throats for blood draws, sea lions that will do all sorts of things to have their bodies examined, doing hippo teeth. It's great.

Edit: http://zoonooz.sandiegozoo.org/zoonooz/zaris-choice/

and have the biggest bite force as well

Nope, those are the crocodiles and it's not even close.

Speak for yourself

How dare you insult that hippo!

I am all well-behaved hippo on this blessed day :)

There are these things called floss threaders that you can try. Basically it guides the floss under the tight contact between your teeth. Then you do the C shape like you would for regular tooth contacts and after that just pull up and through the contact (if you can't then just pull it through - you already cleaned between the teeth with the C shape going around the teeth). It takes a bit longer but it makes a big difference. Crowded teeth are the most common areas of gum disease and cavities. Hope that helps!

There are these things called that you can try. Basically it guides the floss under the tight contact between your teeth. Then you do the C shape like you would for regular tooth contacts and after that just pull up and through the contact (if you can't then just pull it through - you already cleaned between the teeth with the C shape going around the teeth). It takes a bit longer but it makes a big difference. Crowded teeth are the most common areas of gum disease and cavities. Hope that helps!

The symbiotic ass to fish relationship?

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But you're a hippo.

"Well why the hell did you lead with the bird?"

Dentist be like: You not flossing!

I be like: Why you think I come to dentist?!

I call him a hippocrite.

Male hippos have no data because they are too aggressive. Female hippo is 1,800 pounds per square inch and a saltwater crocodile is 3,700. Chances are the gator would still win out since it is doubtful a male hippo would be twice the damage hippo.

clap.....clap.....clap

yw

They sprint in water. If you see a wild hippo you fucking run and don't look back and pray it didn't decide to chase you.

stop start

You done learned sumthing!

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" reference. Great documentary.

Take it

"Is that how you lost your arm?"

"Nah, was tryna break a world record"

"Well...are you going to tell me what record you were trying to break?"

"Nah, you're a fucking hippo and I've been drinking cough syrup. I'm not even a dentist."

It's funny because BroughtToYouByCoke's username is very applicable to their comment. beep bop if you hate me, reply with "stop". If you just got smart, reply with "start".

Your body is an amazing machine. It can clear out acute (sudden) in 5-7 days. But if the source of the bacteria is not cleared (buildup on teeth or under gums) the infection cannot be cleared fast enough and the body cannot clear it out. Short term infection: Gingivitis (bleeding inflamed gums) can start in 7 days but once the body clears out the bacteria it tends to resolves 100%. Long term gum disease: periodontitis is irreversible because it affects the attachments from the tooth to the bone and gums. Someone with good genes can get gingivitis but no periodontitis (lucky people). Others develop periodontitis soon after gingivitis. Most fall somewhere in between.

"Would've" or "would have". Pick one

The fact that the hippo is down in (presumably) water and couldn't really lunge at the caretaker is probably on purpose, though if that hippo was raised in captivity, it might be well behaved.

Do Mosquitos transmitting disease count cause then it's them, and it's not even close.