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Frequently asked questions to a Dentist York

What are molars?

These are the teeth at the back of the mouth used for crushing and grinding food. The biting surfaces of these teeth are quite rough (fissured) and it is important to remember to brush them. When these teeth first erupt into the child’s mouth, the dentist may decide to seal them over to reduce roughness (fissure seal) and make them easier to clean. They are called number 6, 7 and 8 (also known as the wisdom teeth).

What are premolars?

These are the teeth between the canines and the molars. There are usually two, sometimes called bicuspids. One of the premolars may be removed if you need to have orthodontic treatment for crowded teeth. They are called No 4 and 5 teeth.

What are incisors?

These are the teeth at the front of you mouth. There are two central incisors right at the front on both the top and bottom jaws, and next to them a lateral incisor on either side. They are called number 1 or 2 teeth in adults or As and Bs if baby teeth.

What are canines?

These are found between the incisors and premolars. They are sometimes referred to as the eye-teeth in the upper jaw and have a fang like appearance. They are called no 3 if adult teeth or Cs if baby teeth.  

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear, right at the back of the mouth, usually when you're in your late teens. Most people have four wisdom teeth - two at the top, two at the bottom - but some people have fewer than this, or even none at all.

Because they are the last teeth to come through, there may not be room in your mouth for them. As a result, they can push the existing teeth forward, causing overcrowding in the mouth and possibly some discomfort.

For information on the removal of wisdom teeth follow this link:  

What is fluorosis?

Fluorosis is the mottling of enamel that occurs if children swallow too much toothpaste when their teeth are developing.

Children aged less than 7 should be supervised when brushing and only use a pea sized amount of toothpaste.

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