Do you know your way around your mouth? Do you know which tooth is an incisor and which is a molar? Your teeth help you chew and they play an important part in shaping your mouth and your entire face. Molars, bicuspids, incisors and canines make up your smile which helps you make first impressions on others. Many people don’t know which teeth are which, so take some time to learn about the types of teeth with Dr. James Lassiter of Kingsland, GA.
People have two sets of teeth in their lifetimes: the primary teeth and the secondary teeth. The primary teeth are frequently called the “baby teeth” because they start growing in when we are only about six months old and are usually all there by the time we are about three. The secondary teeth, commonly called the “adult teeth”, start growing in as the primary teeth start to fall out. This usually takes place between six and twelve years of age.
The average adult person usually has 32 teeth once they’ve all grown in but they are not all the same. Your teeth have different jobs and shapes based on where they are located in your mouth.
The Types of Teeth
- Incisors- These are the eight teeth in the very front of your mouth, four on top and four on the bottom. These teeth bite off pieces of food.
- Canines- Named after the fangs of a canine (dog) due to their sharp, pointed appearance, these teeth are used to rip and tear our food. We have four canine teeth, two on top and two on the bottom, one on either side of our incisors.
- Bicuspids- Also known as premolars, bicuspids are used for chewing and grinding foods. There are four of these teeth in our mouths, two on the top and two on the bottom, one on either side of the canine teeth.
- Molars- Molars, flat-topped teeth that are also used for chewing and grinding, grow at rear of your mouth, four on top and four on the bottom, two on each side. Molars are located in an area that commonly experiences tooth decay due the fact that it can be difficult to clean thoroughly. Many adults also grow third molars, more often known as “wisdom teeth” due to their late arrival (late teens to early twenties). Four third molars can erupt behind your rear molar, one each side, top and bottom. Wisdom teeth that are there but fail to emerge are said to be impacted and require a surgical procedure to remove. Wisdom teeth are also very susceptible to tooth decay due to their location in the rearmost quarters of your mouth.
Kingsland GA Dental Care
Now that you know what teeth are where a little better, you will be better able to communicate with Dr. Lassiter when you may be having a problem. For example, if you have pain in the rear of your mouth when you chew, you are probably having an issue with one of your molars. At the very least, maybe you now appreciate the roles your teeth play in chewing on your food and why you need all of them to do the job properly. This is why it’s important to schedule regular cleanings and exams with Dr. Lassiter at Lassiter Family Dental in Kingsland GA. To schedule call 912-208-2565 or request an appointment online.