Most people don’t think about their teeth very often, aside from when they brush and floss. But have you ever wondered what the different types of teeth in your mouth are, and what their function is? There are four main types of teeth, and each type has a different shape to help you chew and digest food. The different types are:

  • Incisors - The eight teeth in the front center of your mouth (four on top, and four on the bottom). These teeth are usually the first adult teeth that you got as a child, coming in between the ages of six and eight. Incisors let you bite into your food.

  • Canines - These are the next teeth that develop in your mouth. You have four of them, and they’re your sharpest teeth. Canines let you tear apart tough food.

  • Premolars - You have eight of these in total, and use them for tearing and crushing food. Unlike the incisors, premolars have a flat biting surface.

  • Molars - The largest teeth in your mouth, molars have a similar function to premolars - to grind, tear, and crush food. Molars have large, flat biting surfaces making them perfect for the job. You have twelve in total, including the four wisdom teeth.

And that sums up the four basic types of teeth! You should make an effort to preserve all of your teeth by brushing and flossing, as they all are important regarding both function and aesthetics. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.