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Dental Facts about Human Teeth

The number of teeth a baby and an adult have differed, an adult has thirty-two teeth while a baby has twenty. Teeth play a very important role in the human body. Swallowing of food is easier when the food is chewed using teeth. Teeth aid in speech. Different parts are found in a tooth and they are used for different purposes. A part of the tooth is found above the gum while the other part of the same tooth is found below the gum. Good understanding of the teeth makes it easier for a person to take good care of them. Below are some of the facts about teeth.

All the human teeth are different. Each tooth is unique just as a fingerprint both for adult teeth and baby teeth. The size, shape, and composition are different in different teeth. Ones individuality can be determined by the teeth in his or her mouth. The types of human teeth are four. Premolars, molars, canines, and incisors are the four types of human teeth. Molars are farthest in the mouth followed by premolars then canines and then incisors at the front. Human teeth are used for cutting, tearing and grinding.

Human teeth are there even before birth. Once a baby is born, teeth are not visible because the teeth are covered by the gum. Baby teeth start appearing six months after birth. The first milk teeth to appear are incisors. The baby teeth appearing help the infant to chew food and pronounce letters correctly. Adult teeth are formed after the milk teeth fall out. An adult should have thirty-two teeth.

Proper teeth hygiene should be observed by humans because of the presence of bacteria in the teeth. Some bacteria in the mouth are not bad while others are bad. Food digestion is aided by some bacteria in the mouth. The fact that the mouth is always closed makes it possible to have those bacteria in the mouth. Saliva in the mouth avails some of the bacteria. Teeth and the spaces between them should be properly cleaned to remove these bacteria. Toothbrush among other things was and are used to clean teeth.

Tooth enamel protects against tender teeth. Enamel is the outer hard part of the tooth. Tooth enamel is very strong and withstands a lot of contacts. Inside tooth parts are very soft and cannot withstand many things. The soft tooth parts are very important so they are protected by the enamel. Teeth should be taken good care of since they don’t have spare parts. One is able to take care of the teeth after understanding the facts above.