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Types of teeth


Types of teeth

There are two types of dentition.


Milk Teeth


In the early years, a child has 20 primary teeth. 8 Incisors, 4 Canines and 8 Molars. These are also called milk teeth.

Children lose their milk teeth between the ages of 6 and 11, and their permanent or secondary teeth appear as the primary teeth are shed.




Permanent Teeth


An adult has 32 permanent teeth: 8 Incisors, 4 Canines, 8 Premolars, 12 Molars. The last 4 molars are commonly known as wisdom teeth as they appear much later during the teens or even adult years.



Incisors

Incisors cut food into small particles.

Canines

Canine tear food and are pointed and sharp.

Premolars

Premolars crush food particles.

Molars

Molars grind food for better digestion.

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