In this blog post from Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, we are going to explore the secret life of our teeth.
The shape of each tooth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. Their job is to cut food. Their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.
Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.
Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew.
Finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.
It’s important that each tooth in your mouth is where it should be. Misaligned teeth or bite issues affect your health and quality of life.