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If the body is like a well-oiled machine, then the mouth is an excessively fine gear with plenty of teeth. (Pun intended.) Each of your pearly whites plays a role in helping you consume food in the most straightforward, effective ways possible, and that’s truly a wonder. There are four forms of pearly whites: 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 chompers cut through food and support you to shovel food into the oral cavity. Adults usually have 8 total incisors.

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

-Premolars. Premolars are huge, thick chompers placed just behind the canine teeth. These pearly whites help 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 teeth which grind food into safely-swallowable pieces. Adults have 12 molars, more than any other type of tooth.

There are a couple of other types of teeth, but they are very rare. Are you keeping your teeth in good shape? Come in and see Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and the team at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Boerne, Texas, for a professional cleaning of all of your teeth. Feel free to call us at 830-443-4352 now to set up your next visit.