3 Incisors Incisors are the front teeth Humans have 8 incisor teeth They have 4 at the top and 4 at the bottomIncisors are made for tearing food – like when eating a chicken leg
4 Canines Canines are the longer pointy teeth Humans have 4 canines 2 on the top and 2 on the bottomThey help the incisors to tear food by firmly holding the food in placeEruption of the canine teeth normally happens between 11 years old and 12 years old
5 Pre-molarsPremolar teeth are found between the canines and molar teethHumans have 8 premolar teeth4 at the top and 4 at the bottomPremolars are used to chew food. Another word for chewing is mastication
6 Molars Molars are the teeth that are furthest back in the mouth Humans have 12 molar teethMolar teeth are in sets of three with 6 in the top and 6 in the bottomThe farthest back molar is called the wisdom toothMolars are for grinding food after it has been chewed
7 Wisdom teethWisdom teeth normally appear between 17 years old and 25 years oldMost adults have 4 wisdom teethSometimes wisdom teeth effect other teeth as they develop because they ‘impact’ on them. This means they grow sideways and push against the other teeth which can hurt. If this happens sometimes they need to be taken out and this can happen in hospital
9 How to keep your teeth healthy Eat foods that are low in sugar like vegetables, cereals, nuts and fruit (even though fruits have their own sugars inside)Drink lots of milk and eat plenty of diary products like cheese and yogurts because they have calcium and vitamin C which helps make strong teethBrush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time
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