In this blog post from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, 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. They need to be because their job is to cut food and 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. And, 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.
Because there is more to teeth than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of theirs by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.
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