How many teeth do we have?

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How many teeth do we have?

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 14:52

What are the kinds of teeth?

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A normal person has 32 teeth,

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 14:53

A normal person has 32 teeth, which are mainly used for grinding and chewing food.  These 32 teeth are grouped into four types of teeth.

At the front of the mouth are eight incisors, with four each at the upper jaw and lower jaw.  Incisors have flat surfaces.

The pair of teeth at the center of the mouth are called the central incisors while the tooth on each side of the central incisors is called lateral incisor.

Next to the incisors are canine teeth, which have pointed shape that are ideal for tearing food.  There are four canine teeth, surrounding the incisors, one on each side of the incisors at the upper jaw and the lower jaw.  Canines are considered the longest and strongest teeth in the mouth.

There are eight premolars that are placed next to the incisors.  Premolar teeth or biscupids are used for chewing food.

At the back of the jaws are 12 molars, three each on the left side of the upper jaw and the right side and three each on the left side of the lower jaw and the right side.  Molars are wide and flat and ideal for grinding food.

The first set of four molars, or those closest to the premolars, are called six-year molars.  The second set of molars is called 12-year premolars while the third set is also known as the wisdom teeth.