Do you know the names of all the teeth in your mouth? Perhaps you have been binge-watching your favorite that has to do with forensic anthropologists fighting crime and you keep wondering why teeth are so important. While everybody knows that teeth primarily help with biting and chewing, there are other functions that they perform as well. For instance, they help you talk and help reinforce the structure of your face and jaw. Open up and say “ah!”
The front of your mouth hosts eight thin and straight teeth. These are called your incisors; four are on top and four are on the bottom. The incisors bite into the food you eat and help with pronunciation while supporting the lips.
Next to the incisors are your canines. You have four of them, and you might have heard your dentist call them cuspids. Like incisors, they help you bite your food, but they also guide the teeth into comfortable interlocking positions whenever you close your jaws.
Premolars are found behind the canines. They’re also called bicuspids, another term you might be familiar with from your visits to the dentist. They’re flat on top and also help to chew any incoming food. They also help maintain how high your face is. As with incisors, you have four on top and four on the bottom.
Sitting beside the premolars are the molars. These are, simply put, the widest and flattest teeth you will find in your mouth. You have twelve of them, including the wisdom teeth all the way in the back. You should use a slim toothbrush to reach and clean the wisdom teeth since they’re so hard to access. Did you know that lower molars have two roots, while upper molars have three?
On some occasions, teeth will develop in odd or unexpected ways. One of the ways this happens is when supernumerary teeth appear. You normally have 32 teeth, but any extras are called supernumerary. You might have a third incisor called a mesioden, or an extra molar called a paramolar. In even rarer cases, you’ll see extra canine teeth as well.
Now let’s talk about natal teeth. These are teeth that are already in place when a baby is born – but this is also incredibly rare – once in every 2000-3000 births. They’re also called fetal teeth, and most often appear in the lower gum. However, they have no roots, so they fall out easily. Even so, doctors recommend that they be removed. This is for two reasons: they might be inhaled, or they might harm the tongue when the baby is attempting to nurse.
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