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The Different Types Of Teeth Humans Have And Their Function

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Our set of pearly whites is something that many of us take for granted. However, without our teeth, we would struggle to survive as we would not be able to chew our food.

Our teeth are the only part of our body that cannot regenerate and repair themselves, so we must take excellent care of them. We have four different types of teeth in our mouths, and each tooth has a different purpose.

Below is more information on the different types of teeth and what we use them for, which can help you take better care of them.

The Incisors

The average human has eight incisor teeth, with four at the top of the jaw and four at the bottom at the front of the mouth.

The incisors are used to bite off chunks of food into manageable pieces so that we can chew it easily. The incisors are often the first adult teeth that come through, so children will usually lose their front teeth before their adult incisors come through.

The incisors not only help us eat, but they also help us to talk, and when they are misaligned, it can cause children to develop a speech impediment.

The Canines

The canine teeth are the sharpest ones in our mouths, and unlike other teeth, they are sharp and do not have a flat surface. The canines are used to tear and rip food apart, and they are located on either side of the incisors, with each human having four of them – two on the upper jaw and two on the lower jaw.

The Premolars

The premolars are also used to tear and crush food as we eat it, and they have a flat surface, unlike your incisors or canine teeth.

The flat surface is ideal for tearing and chewing food, but they are also prone to cavities if not taken care of correctly. A regular visit to your dentist in Miami or wherever you live will help take care of these teeth, and they can warn you of the first signs of cavities forming.

Adult humans have eight premolars in total, four on the bottom and four on the top jaws, with two on each side.

The Molars

The molars in your mouth are the largest teeth you have, and they are also used to chew ad tear food and break it up into manageable chunks so that you can swallow it.

The large flat surface of the teeth makes them perfect for this job, but they can also be prone to cavities, so you need to ensure you brush them correctly, getting right back into the mouth.

Caring For Your Teeth

Although you do need to pay close attention to your molars and premolars to ensure you clean them thoroughly, you can look after all your teeth in the same manner. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and if you can, after every meal.

Rinsing your mouth out with water can also help keep them clean, but it does not replace brushing. Also, ensure that you floss your teeth daily and see your dentist every six months.

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