We, like most other mammals, have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. Teeth start forming in the jaws even before we are born, and we don't get the full set until late teens.
A tooth dissected - what a tooth would look like on the inside, if it was sliced down the middle. A list of the parts of a tooth, what it is called and what it does.
Incisors, canines, premolars and molars, including wisdom teeth.
The first set of teeth we have as children are called milk or deciduous teeth. Between the ages of 6 and 13 years, all the milk teeth are lost and replaced with new, bigger adult teeth.
How the teeth and the jaws relate to other parts of the head and neck. Learn more about the skull, the lower and upper jaws, the joints and the salivary glands.
Oral hygiene products are essential for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Find out more about how to choose a toothbrush, brushing your teeth, using fluoride toothpaste and learn how to floss.
Dental diseases (or conditions) such as gum disease and tooth decay are very common. We explain some of the more common conditions, and what can happen if they are not treated.
Simple advice for a perfect smile
For a healthy smile, follow these simple steps…
- Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Limit your between-meal snacks.
- Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another type of inter dental cleaner.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups. Professional teeth cleaning and examinations are an important part of maintaining that healthy smile.