Get To Know Your Teeth


chin-in-handsHow much do you know about your teeth? Did you know that you have four different types of teeth and that each tooth inside your mouth is made up of multiple parts? Find out more below:

Types Of Teeth

You have four kinds of teeth: the incisors, the canines, the pre-molars, and the molars.


The incisors are the eight teeth at the front of your mouth. You have four incisors on the top row and four on the bottom. These teeth are thinner than the rest of your teeth and they are used for biting.


You have four canines. They are on each side of your incisors. You have two on the top row and two on the bottom row. These teeth are sharper and pointier than the rest of your teeth and they are used for gripping and tearing food.


The pre-molars come next. You have eight pre-molars, which are evenly split between the top and bottom rows of your mouth. There are four on the left side and four on the right side. These teeth are large and flat and they are used for crushing food.


The molars are the largest, flattest teeth in your mouth. Most adults have twelve molars including the wisdom teeth. These teeth are used for grinding and chewing food.

Parts Of Teeth

Each tooth in your mouth is made up of multiple parts, including:

  • The crown: This is the part of your tooth that you can see. It sits above the gumline.
  • The root: The root is the part of your tooth that is below the gumline. It makes up about two thirds of your tooth’s length.
  • Enamel: The enamel is the hardest, whitest part of your tooth. It is the outside layer that protects the softer layers inside your teeth against damage.
  • Dentin: Dentin is the softer, yellowish substance underneath the enamel. A lot of your tooth is made up of dentin.
  • Pulp: The pulp is further inside your tooth. It is made up of blood vessels and nerves. The pulp is responsible for providing nutrients to your teeth.

To learn more about your teeth and to find out how to keep them healthy, schedule and appointment at Royal Dental.

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