It’s important to know how many teeth you should have, because they serve several important functions in your body. Your teeth help you eat and speak, along with other things that can make living easier if you don’t have the right amount. If you feel like your tooth numbers doesn’t seem quite right, there are several ways to figure out what might be wrong.
The Answer May Surprise You!
It’s not just about the number of teeth in your mouth! Believe it or not, certain tooth names are rarer than others. Here they are: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. Incisors refer to the eight teeth in the front of your mouth that include two on top (the eyeteeth) and two on the bottom. Canines refer to the four teeth behind your incisors that resemble fangs – they’re often called eye teeth. Premolars refer to the eight teeth in between your canines and molars. Molars refer to the last four teeth at the back of your mouth on either side of your jawbone.
We Lose Teeth As We Age
As we age, our teeth gradually loosen and fall out. We lose a tooth every time there’s an injury or if we have a cavity that can’t be fixed. The first adult teeth to come in are the milk teeth, which include the front four teeth on the top and bottom of your mouth. These are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, which are also called incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. The number of each type of tooth varies from person to person and is determined by genetics.
The maxilla contains two incisors on either side at the top of your mouth for a total of eight (8). Your mandible has four (4) for a total of 12 (12). There are sixteen (16) in total.
Why Do We Have Different Numbers Of Teeth?
We have different numbers of teeth because our mouths are shaped differently. The general rule of thumb is 32, but this varies from person to person. Some people are born with more teeth, some less. Other factors like how much tooth decay a person has or how strong their jaw muscles are can also determine the number of teeth they have.
I’ve compiled a list below of all the standard tooth names and what they do:
– Incisors: These teeth cut food into smaller pieces. They are located in the front of your mouth and come in four shapes: canine, bicuspid, molar, and premolar.
Wisdom Teeth Are The Exception
While wisdom teeth are the exception, you must know how many teeth you should have. The general rule is that a person should have twenty baby teeth and thirty permanent teeth. If your mouth feels like it has too many or too few, talk to your dentist who can take x-rays of your mouth and help determine what might be going on.
For instance, if an infection was lingering in one tooth but went unnoticed for awhile, the tooth may become worn down from chewing and biting. Some teeth may even need root canal treatment to get them healthy again. It’s possible that more teeth will need extraction due to overcrowding. However, some teeth can stay as long as they don’t cause pain in other parts of your mouth or if they are wearing down other teeth.
How To Take Care Of Your Teeth
There are many teeth in the mouth. The four front teeth that you see when you smile are called incisors, and the other teeth are referred to as molars or premolars. Incisors usually have one root, but molars and premolars each have two roots. Incisors can be found in both the upper and lower jaws, whereas molars and premolars can only be found in the back of your mouth (or on top of your tongue). The most difficult teeth for people to clean are their molars because they’re larger and more difficult to reach. It’s important for people with missing teeth not to brush their teeth with a toothbrush, since it will not clean all surfaces well enough.