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Information about Incisor Teeth You Need to Know

Humans (adults) have 32 teeth. These teeth fall into four categories namely incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. The most discussed teeth type is molars, especially the third molars called wisdom teeth. In fact, all types of teeth are equally important. Here, incisors will be discussed in detail because it is important for you to know all your teeth well. Incisors are the eight teeth at the front of the mouth flanked by canines. Due to their location, they are clearly visible. Unlike molars that have multiple roots (commonly three roots), incisor teeth have only a single root. These teeth, together with canines, belong to anterior teeth or teeth situated in the front of the maxillary and mandibular jaw.

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Types of Incisor Teeth

Depending on their position, there is two type of incisor teeth. Central incisors are four teeth located in the very front and center of the upper and lower jaw. The top incisors are called maxillary central incisors while the lower ones are called mandibular central incisors. The top incisors are generally larger than the bottom ones. They are clearly visible when a person is smiling. The second type is lateral incisors. These are the two teeth positioned on the left and right sides of central incisors, beside canines.

Incisors are found not only in adults but also in babies. Central incisors start to erupt when a baby is still eight to twelve months old. Generally, lateral incisors come in soon after central incisors erupt. When a child reaches the age of six or seven years old, these teeth begin to fall out and are replaced with permanent or adult teeth.

All types of teeth have their own functions so do incisors. Because they are located in the front of the mouth, their function is to cut or bite foods. Just like other teeth, there are some dental issues with incisors. Normally, upper incisors should slightly overlap lower incisors. However, malocclusion can occur. It is a condition of teeth misalignment problem. In the case of incisors, the upper incisors cover the lower incisors. This is called overbite. This misalignment can be corrected by wearing braces.

You should care for your teeth especially your incisors because incisors teeth are located at the front of the mouth which make them the most visible teeth when a person is talking, smiling, and eating. Caring for these teeth, therefore, has something to do with cosmetic importance in addition to an oral health matter. To maintain a healthy and good-looking set of incisors, good dental hygiene is very crucial. Always brush your teeth twice a day especially after having a meal. Brushing will keep your teeth clean. It will brush away debris and food buildup. However avoid brushing directly after eating. After eating, teeth enamel get soften so it will be easily worn away if you soon brush your teeth right after eating. Wait until it hardens (about half an hour after eating). Flossing is another important thing to do in addition to brushing as it helps control the buildup of bacteria and plaque. Lastly, don’t forget to schedule a routine visit to a dentist. Your dentist will help keep your incisors clean and in a good shape.