The human teeth are amazing, beyond than just a decoration, garnering attention when you flash the white pearls while taking selfies, beyond than just a daily tool to cut, chew, gnaw, munch the food you eat and beyond a structure that keeps your mouth firm for better articulation. Eventually, teeth demand you to follow specific diets and ensure that your body gets the nourishment it needs by preparing the food for swallowing and digestion by finely chewing them. Unfortunately, most of us take our teeth for granted, neglecting the necessary dental health care to maintain good teeth hygiene, until the teeth start to hurt.
Many of us know teeth in general but never really grasp what each section really for. Our teeth have several distinct sections that serve different purposes. Humans have two sets of teeth during their lifetime. The first one is known as baby teeth and the second one, permanent teeth. A full set of baby teeth usually has up to 20 teeth and these begin to appear at around 6 months old. Around 6 years old, these baby teeth will usually start to fall out to make way for permanent teeth. At the age of 12 years old, one will usually have a full set of permanent teeth. For adults, the full set consists of 32 teeth. There are 4 types of teeth that are in different sections and have distinct functions. They are:
- i) Incisors
- The eight teeth in the frontal and central part of your gums (Four on top and four on the bottom).
- Straight edges designed to bite off the food you take.
- Act as a shovel to guide food into the mouth.
- Usually, the first one erupts around 6 months of age for the first set and then between 6 to 8 years old for the permanent set.
- ii) Canines
- Slightly pointed and spear-shaped.
- The sharpest teeth used for ripping and tearing food apart.
- Designed to hold down food, to help rip it into chewable size.
- Primary canines usually appear between 16 to 20 months of age with the upper canines erupt first followed by the lower canines.
- For permanent canines, it is the reverse where lower canines erupt first at the age of 9 and then followed by the upper canines at around 11 or 12 years old.
- Premolars or bicuspids are used for chewing and grinding food.
- Every human has four premolars on each side of the gums, two on the upper and two on the lower jaw.
- The first set of premolars appears around the age of 10 and then the second set followed in about a year later.
- iv) Molars
- Used to chew and grind food.
- First appear between 12 and 15 months of age.
- Also known as deciduous molars, they are later replaced by the first and second premolars.
- The permanent molars then appear behind the primary teeth.
- The first molars erupt at the age of 6 and the second molars erupt around the age of 11 to 13.
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