Teeth are important. Children are overjoyed at their first loose tooth, and everyone from doctors to the media alike emphasizes tooth health. We know how to take care of our teeth, but how much do we really know about them? We might take these vital parts of our anatomy for granted, but teeth play a large role in our everyday lives. Knowing about our oral anatomy will help us take better care of our teeth and allow us to keep them healthy and strong.
Not all teeth are the same. Your mouth contains four types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. Incisors sit in the front of your mouth, four on your upper jaw and four on your lower jaw. Next come the canines, the pointed teeth on each side of our incisor sets, giving us a total of four. Next are the premolars, which sit in sets of two between the canines and the molars, giving you a total of eight premolars. Finally come the molars, which also sit in the same way that premolars sit. Most people also have four extra molars, known as wisdom teeth. Sometimes, dental professionals classify wisdom teeth as a fifth category.
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