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Different types of teeth and their meanings

Over your lifetime, you will have five different types of teeth that will erupt in your mouth; incisors, canines, premolars, molars, and third molars. Four of the five types will come in as primary teeth and then as permanent teeth which will replace the primary teeth.

1. Incisors.

Your eight incisor teeth are located in the front part of your mouth. You have four of them in your upper jaw and four in your lower jaw. Incisors are shaped like small chisels. They have sharp edges that help you bite into food.

2. Canines.

Canines are the sharp, pointed teeth that sit next to the incisors and look like fangs. Dentists also call them cuspids or eyeteeth. Canines are the longest of all the teeth, and people use them to tear food. Both children and adults have four canines.

3.Premolars.

Your eight premolars sit next to your canines. There are four premolars on top, and four on the bottom. Premolars are bigger than canines and incisors. They have a flat surface with ridges for crushing and grinding food into smaller pieces to make it easier to swallow.

4. Molars (including 4 wisdom teeth)

Molars are the flat teeth at the rear of the mouth. Each molar typically has four or five cusps. They are used exclusively for crushing and grinding. Wisdom teeth are also called third molars.

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