Four Kinds of Teeth in Your Mouth
Since our childhood, our teeth have helped us in ways one cannot even imagine. They are not only an integral part of our digestive system, but they also allow us to communicate with our loved ones. They give us the strength and capacity to swallow food, utter words, and push food towards the abdomen.
All the teeth present in our mouth are not the same. Each tooth serves a particular purpose and has a unique shape and size. The combined activity of all the teeth helps us to eat, drink and speak. The permanent teeth replace the temporary teeth in our childhood at the age of 7 to 9 years. The initial teeth are responsible for determining the growth of our jaws and guiding us to speak.
Altogether, our mouth consists of four kinds of teeth, namely incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.
Incisors are eight in number out of the total 32 teeth present in our mouth. Out of the four types of teeth at the front, they are the first to appear; four on the upper gum line and four on the lower gum line. Incisors are involved in the main purpose of biting food that you eat.
After incisors, canines are the ones to develop in your mouth. There are four canines in the mouth. Two canines are on the upper side, and two are on the lower side; one on either side of the incisors. Canines are also known as the sharpest teeth in your mouth as they are involved in tearing the food apart and breaking it into pieces.
There are eight premolars between canines and molars; four on the upper side and four on the lower side. Since they are slightly bigger than canines and incisors, these teeth are responsible for grinding the food to make it easier to swallow and pass down the esophagus.
Molars are twelve in number and are in the farthermost area of the mouth. While eight molars come earlier than the others, four remaining teeth come as wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 to 25. Due to their large surface area, these teeth do the final grinding on the food and pass it to the esophagus for further absorption.
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