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If the human body is like a well-oiled machine, the mouth is an excessively fine gear with plenty of teeth. (Pun intended.) Every one of your pearly whites plays a part in helping you munch food in the quickest, most effective ways, and that’s truly amazing. There are four forms of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

-Incisors. Incisors are the flat, sharp pearly whites in the front of your oral cavity, both on the bottom and top jaw. These pearly whites both cut through food and aid you to shovel food into the oral cavity. Adults have 8 total incisors.

-Canines. Canine pearly whites are the sharp, fang-like pearly whites at the front of your oral cavity. They help you to tear through hard foods such as meat, and they have long roots. Adults have 4 canine pearly whites.

-Premolars. Premolars are big, thick teeth positioned just behind the canine pearly whites. These teeth support you in crushing food on their flat surface. Adults usually have 8 premolars.

-Molars. And though they sit toward the back of your mouth, don’t forget about molars, the huge teeth which grind food into safely-swallowable pieces. Adults have 12 molars, more than any other type of tooth.

There are a couple of other varieties of teeth, but they are very unlikely to develop. Are you keeping your teeth in great shape? Come in and see Dr. Robert Hauptman and the staff at Gluckstadt Family Dentistry in Madison, Mississippi, for a professional cleaning of all of your teeth. Feel free to phone us at 601-790-9245 now to set up your next appointment.