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If the body is a well-oiled machine, the oral cavity is an extra fine gear with lots of teeth. (Pun intended.) Each of your teeth plays a part in helping you chomp food in the most quick, effective ways, and that’s truly incredible. There are four primary 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 assist you to shovel food into the mouth. Adults have 8 total incisors.

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

-Premolars. Premolars are vast, thick teeth placed just behind the canine teeth. These pearly whites aid you in crushing food on their flat surface. Adults usually have 8 total premolars.

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

There are a couple of other kinds of pearly whites, but they are very rare. Are you keeping your teeth in great shape? Come in and see Dr. Lori Hawkins and the staff at Hawkins Family Dentistry in Belpre, Ohio, for a professional cleaning of all of your pearly whites. Feel free to reach out at 740-423-8416 now to schedule your next checkup.