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If the human body is like a well-oiled machine, then the mouth is an extra fine gear with lots of teeth. Each of your chompers plays a part in helping you eat food in the most quick, powerful ways possible, and that’s truly astounding. There are four primary types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

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

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

-Premolars. Premolars are huge, thick chompers placed just behind the canine pearly whites. These pearly whites assist you in crushing food on their flat surface. Adults usually have 8 premolars.

-Molars. And though they sit toward the back of your oral cavity, don’t forget about molars, the big 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 uncommon. Are you keeping your pearly whites in great shape? Come in and see Dr. Deepak Bhagat and the staff at Smile Savers in Woodside, New York, for a professional cleaning of all of your teeth. Feel free to phone us at 718-956-8400 now to schedule your next appointment.