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Do fish have teeth?

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

Have you ever wondered if fish have teeth? Well, let me tell you from personal experience, they most certainly do! I fish a lot in Minnesota. I have also fished in other states like Michigan and Missouri, but since I live in Minnesota, most of my experience is in Minnesota and the many types of fish that inhabit our lakes, rivers, and ponds.

All of the fish that I caught or saw others catch had teeth. Sometimes, I found out the hard way that fish have teeth. But I wondered if all fish have teeth.

Are the fishing biting?!? Perhaps not the way we want them to!

According to the website Officially Pets, "However, while it may come as a surprise, all fish, regardless of species or whether they live in freshwater or saltwater, have teeth. The only thing is, their teeth aren’t all the same."


But just because all fish have teeth doesn't mean that they are all the same. Some fish have teeth for eating meat. Others have teeth for eating plants. The fact remains, however, that all fish have some sort of teeth.

Ice Fishing

Here, in Minnesota, it is ice fishing season. Ice fishing is where you drill a hole in the ice of a lake and use a small fishing rod (specially formatted for ice fishing) to catch fish through the hole you have drilled.

I was fascinated with the small pole and the auger. My dad had a hand auger, meaning, we had to drill the hole by hand (similar to the one pictured below). A gas auger, like the one my grandpa had, was a lot more efficient and fast!

When I was younger, I liked ice fishing. But later, when I got a little older, I started to get afraid that I would fall through the ice. I guess I watched too many movies where someone fell through the ice and something bad happened to them. Perhaps it is needless to say, but I don't go out on the ice much anymore even though the ice supports the weight of a huge fish house and big pickup trucks!

Still, I know that a lot of people really enjoy year around fishing.

Well, you might be wondering what all of this has to do with the question, "Do fish have teeth?"

Actually, a lot.

The fact that fish have teeth makes ice fishing a potential hazard.

How does fish having teeth make ice fishing (or any fishing) a potential hazard?

Let me explain...

Because fish have teeth and fins and some even have stingers, you can get pricked or bitten. Trust me, I don't want a mouthful of walleye teeth sunk into my hand or finger or any other part of my body and neither do you!

As was noted above, fish who eat meat (other fish, typically, but sometimes bigger animals or even people) have sharper teeth. They need these to tear the meat from their prey.

You can get hurt by these teeth, however, or by a fin or a hook.

While fish don't have a lot of defensive weapons, their fins and teeth can give you a reminder that they don't like to be caught or handled. I don't know about you, but the sting of getting a fin jabbed into my hand does not feel good, sometimes for quite a while.

According to Officially Pets, "Most animals that you know – humans, cats, dogs – only have teeth in one location: embedded in their jaws.

"Fish, however, can have teeth in multiple locations, such as on their lips, mouth, upper and lower jaws, tongue, and even in their throat, which are known as pharyngeal teeth after the pharynx."

Well, that's new to me. I didn't know they had teeth in their throats. Not all of them have teeth there, but I don't ever want any part of me far enough into a fish to find out!

Be prepared if you get hurt while fishing

The best way to not get hurt while fishing is to not go fishing at all! But that wouldn't be any fun! So the best thing you can do is have a good first aid kit. That first aid kit definitely needs to include some of our Pure&Clean products that are great at cleaning and healing wounds.

These gentle yet highly effective products include a first aid spray and a hydrogel spray which can work wonders on any wound.

If you get bit or a fin punctures your skin or a hook gets embedded in you instead of the fish, these products can not only take the sting and the pain out of the wound, but they can also help keep you from getting an infection.

Check out this information:

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Enjoy fishing!

You can enjoy fishing knowing that you are protected. Be safe in any type of fishing and follow the rules. They are there to protect you. Remember to keep your Pure&Clean First Aid Spray and Hydrogel with you even when you are not fishing!

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