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How Many Teeth Should You Have?

All adults have the same number of teeth. That is, adults will have 32 teeth after losing their baby teeth. But it depends on how many teeth came in or removed from damage. Your full set of adult teeth should come in upon reaching your late teens.

What are the Types of Adult Teeth?

Adults will have 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars. However, not all adults can have all 32 adult teeth.

Human jaws started to shrink when they transitioned from being a hunter to a sedentary farmer. The reason for this transition is that humans learned to cook softer food, which is easier to chew. In that case, they do not need a big strong jaw.

For some people, having all 32 teeth could cause overcrowding, resulting in misaligned teeth. They could also increase the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

For that reason, our dentists at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommend removing their wisdom teeth if they are overcrowding or affecting your oral health.

Because humans evolve and no longer need wisdom teeth, some will not get any. For others, the wisdom teeth become completely unnecessary, like the appendix.

Despite the human evolution, human genetics could cause most adults to have wisdom teeth. In a study, it found that more than 50% of individuals have at least a wisdom tooth. Furthermore, men are likely to develop it than women.

Will the Removal of Wisdom Teeth Cause Tooth Spacing?

The good thing about having your wisdom teeth removed is the space occupied by the wisdom teeth will not cause any unsightly gap. Instead, space will be replaced with healthy bone tissue.

How to Avoid Losing Your Teeth?

With better at-home care, you can avoid having a loose tooth. Although diseases and conditions can increase the likelihood of losing your teeth, you have control over them.

The best thing that you can do now is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Then, make sure to floss once a day.

The most common reason for having loose tooth is a plaque. Plaque consists of bacteria and organic matter forming in your teeth. The bacteria produce acids that cause cavities and periodontal disease, which is a severe infection.

Your best defense is to eliminate plaque before it builds up. And you can do so by brushing your teeth twice or thrice a day.

Make sure to include under the gums, in addition to the large surfaces of your teeth. Apart from brushing, you should also floss every day. Brushing alone won’t remove the plaque forming between your teeth. But flossing will get rid of it.

If you don’t like using a floss, you may opt for a water flosser. It works like flossing but it is more gentle.

And don’t just use any toothpaste when brushing. Instead, make sure that you are using fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth for two minutes after breakfast and before bedtime. To further prevent cavities and plaque buildup, lower the number of times you consume snacks each day.

Most of all, visit your dentist at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for your annual checkup.

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