As we all know, teeth are very important, which is why we should work so hard to keep them clean. The Dental Health Foundation states that a child will have twenty primary teeth by age two. By adulthood, people normally have 32 teeth. But what types of teeth do we have filling up our mouths, and what purpose does each type serve?

These are the eight teeth in the very front of the mouth. There are four incisors across the top and four across the bottom. These teeth are for taking the first bites of food. These are also the first teeth that a baby will usually get.

There are four of these types of teeth. Two are on top, on each side of the four incisors. The other two are in the same place on the bottom. These are sharp, pointy teeth that are used for ripping and shredding food apart. The first canines will come in when a child is between 1 and 2 years of age. The upper pair usually come in first.

Bicuspids are also called premolars. These teeth are used for grinding and chewing food. They are larger and stronger than either canines or incisors. There are 4 bicuspids on each side of a person’s mouth. The premolars normally come in between ages 10 and 12.

Molars grow behind the other teeth in the mouth. They are also used for grinding and chewing. Molars are flat and wide. There are six in the upper part of the mouth and six in the lower part. Molars are with you for life — these teeth grow in as permanent teeth and are never replaced with new ones. Wisdom teeth are also molars, sometimes referred to as third molars.

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