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Everyone knows that the human mouth contains teeth, but did you know there are four types? These are the premolars, molars, incisors, and canines. There are a good number of common dental problems out there, but what is uncommon knowledge is that different teeth get different issues.


Canines, the hardest type of teeth to damage, usually get problematic in the form of gum disease. Getting a disease in your gums means that the gums end up receding, exposing sensitive areas of the tooth. This can possibly initiate the decaying of your tooth. The canine tooth will be best protected through the treatment of an underlying gum disease.

A purely cosmetic issue some people have with their canines is "vampire teeth,” wherein the corner tooth or teeth are shaped quite sharply.


The four teeth upfront on the lower and upper part of the jaw are called incisors. This means that in total, there are eight of them. Contrary to popular belief, most of the issues these types of teeth face do not involve bad dental hygiene.

Misaligned teeth or malocclusion are usually the biggest issues that dentists find with incisors. Having misalignment can bring bigger issues, such as:

  • Bite Issues
  • Crossbite
  • TMJ
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Moreover, since these are the teeth exposed the most to the elements, there are additional issues such as getting knocked loose, cracks, and even chips. The best way to treat alignment issues is for you to get braces; as for the chips and cracks, a crowning of the tooth or full replacement is in order.

Molars and Premolars

There are transitional teeth amidst the molars and canines in the mouth: premolars. The further the teeth go in your mouth, the more likely they are to get tooth decay and cavities. This occurs when decay ends up progressing to the point of exposing the nerve and pulp. An exposed nerve will be sensitive to some food as well as changes in temperature.

At the very back of your mouth, you will find the molars. More than any other tooth, your molars are usually the set of teeth that gets cavities first. They then end up infected and, in turn, become quite painful.

Grinding teeth (bruxism) is another factor that premolars and molars risk. Bruxism can bring serious damage to your molars, which will give you headaches, jaw pain, and tooth pain, among other dental problems.


There are four types of teeth in the mouth, all with their own problems. It should be noted, of course, that all teeth are, by default, susceptible to gum infections. This is because the gums end up with damage coming from tartar and plaque, letting bacteria enter the mouth. There is also the issue of bad breath, or halitosis. Overall, it is key to be aware of your basic dental health, and seek professional medical intervention for any issues.

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Address : 5979 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327
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