How Much Do You Know About Your Teeth

aesthetic dentistry in Wellesley, MAYou know you need to floss daily, brush your teeth after meals, and hopefully visit your dentist every so often, but how much do you actually know about your teeth? Keep reading to learn more.

The Four Types Of Teeth

You have four types of teeth inside your mouth: the incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

Incisors are the eight teeth in the very front of your mouth. There are four incisors on the top and four incisors on the bottom. These teeth are different sizes and shapes, but they are thinner than the rest of the teeth in your mouth and they are primarily used for biting into food.

Canines are the four sharper teeth on the sides of your incisors. These teeth are used for tearing and gripping food.

Premolars are larger and flatter than the canines. Most people have 4 premolars on the top row in their mouth and 4 premolars on the bottom. Premolars are used for crushing and tearing food.

Molars are the largest, flattest teeth inside your mouth. Most adults have 12 molars. (That number accounts for wisdom teeth, which are often removed to prevent crowding and extra pressure inside the mouth.) Molars are used for grinding and chewing food.

The Many Parts Of Each Tooth

While you have different types of teeth, each tooth in your mouth is made up of the same parts. Some important parts of your teeth include:

  • The pulp: This is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels at the core of your tooth. The pulp provides important nutrients to the rest of your tooth.
  • The dentin: This is the layer outside the pulp. It is a yellowish white bone-like substance that accounts for most of your tooth.
  • The enamel: Enamel is a hard, white substance that coats your teeth and protects the internal layers. Enamel is very strong, but it can be damaged by acid, brushing your teeth to hard, and poor oral hygiene. It is hard but brittle, so it can also get chipped or cracked. The enamel protects the other parts of your teeth so take good care of your enamel to keep all the internal parts of your teeth healthy.

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