Teeth Facts


  • Teeth are used to help break down food.

  • Humans form 2 sets of teeth over the course of their lives.

  • The first set (sometimes called baby teeth) features 20 teeth.

  • The second set (sometimes called adult teeth) features 32 teeth.

  • Baby teeth are usually replaced by adult teeth between the ages of 6 and 12.

  • Humans have a variety of teeth including molars, premolars, canines and incisors.

  • Incisors help bite pieces from food.

  • Canines help hold and tear food apart.

  • Molars help grind food.

  • Teeth are covered in a hard substance called enamel.

  • Teeth are surrounded by gums.

  • Cavities can damage a tooth if left untreated.

  • Braces are often used to help straighten or align teeth.