Twelve days of Teethlicious Christmas Part 2


Welcome! Its Teethlicious Tuesday,  on this day we talk about the “Tooth”, and nothing but the “Tooth”. 

Christmas season is in the air! Last week we started unveiling the gifts of Teethlicious Christmas Read Part 1 here. Dr Oyaks brings to you the continuation of the twelve days of Teethlicious Christmas, Read, Enjoy and Share!

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, four shapes of teeth.

The four main types of teeth are:

  • Incisors – The incisors are at the front of the mouth have a sharp biting surface and are used for cutting or shearing food into small chewable pieces. There are eight incisors in both primary (baby) and permanent (adult) dentition. Your incisors are eight teeth in the front center of your mouth (four upper jaw and four lower jaw). These are typically the first adult teeth that a child will get, coming in when the child is between six and eight years old.
  • Canines – Canines are the next teeth that develop in your mouth. The canines are situated at the ‘corners’ of the dental arches. They are your sharpest teeth, their function is to grip and tear food. There are four canine teeth in both primary and permanent dentition.
  • Premolars – They are only found in the permanent (adult) dentition. They are eight in total. Premolars have a flat biting surface are used for tearing and crushing food.
  • Molars – Molars are the largest teeth. Their function is similar to that of the premolars, to grind, tear, and crush food. Molars have a large flat biting surface which makes them perfect for this job. There are eight molars in the primary (baby) dentition and twelve in the permanent (adult) dentition.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, five golden parts.

The five golden parts are Enamel, Dentine, Pulp, Cementum and Periodontium (gingiva, periodontal ligaments PDL and alveolar bone proper).
  • Enamel: Enamel is the hardest, outer part of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium phosphate, a rock-hard mineral. It protects the dentin from acid and plaque. Because it has no living cells, enamel can’t protect itself from damage and needs good oral care to stay strong.
  • Dentin: Dentin is a layer underlying the enamel, that contains microscopic tubes. It is a sensitive layer of living tissue that communicates with the nerves in your teeth. If your teeth appear darker, it could be the dentin showing through the enamel. When dentin is exposed, your teeth may become very sensitive to heat and cold.
  • Pulp: Pulp is the non-calcified tissue at the center of the tooth that contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Your teeth receive nourishment from the pulp.
  • Cementum: Cementum is a hard connective tissue that binds the roots of the teeth firmly to the gums and jawbone. Cementum helps prevent you from losing teeth prematurely.
  • Periodontium is the supporting structure of a tooth, helping to attach the tooth to surrounding tissues and to allow sensations of touch and pressure. It consists of the cementum, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone, and gingiva. Of these, cementum is the only one that is a part of a tooth.
    • Periodontal ligaments connect the alveolar bone to the cementum.
    • Alveolar bone surrounds the roots of teeth to provide support and creates what is commonly called an alveolus, or “socket”.
    • Lying over the bone is the gingiva or gum, which is readily visible in the mouth.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Six months erupting

First tooth appears in the mouth at about Six months. The bottom middle teeth typically emerge first, between 6 months and 10 months. The upper middle teeth come next. Primary teeth erupt into the mouth from around six months until two years of age. These baby teeth are the only ones in the mouth until a person is about six years old.

In this month of December, on Tuesdays more will be revealed on the remaining gifts our true love sent to us. Stay tuned next week on #Teethlicious Tuesdays with DrOyaks.

Thanks for reading and spread the love. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

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