That’s the number of teeth most adults have. 32 teeth include eight incisors, four canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars (which include four wisdom teeth).
I have 28 teeth because my wisdom teeth were removed almost 30 years ago. Perhaps, 27 since I have a dental implant for my back left molar.
What I didn’t know is that adults have more teeth than children, who usually have a complete adult set of teeth by the time they are teenagers.
You need to take care of your teeth. If you lose one of them it will not grow back. Here are some ways to take care of your teeth.
There is a saying that we eat is who we are! For teeth, what we eat can determine how healthy our teeth will remain. We all know that if we eat candy, cookies and cake we are tempting cavities. Sodas with sugar just as bad for our teeth, if not worse. When we eat anything with sugar — even fresh fruit — the bacteria in your mouth reacts to the sugary food and and eats away your tooth enamel. This happens almost immediately which is why you should rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after every meal.
According to wikiHow, you should also avoid eating snacks because this increases the likelihood of plaque buildup, which increases the likelihood that you will get cavities. You also should chew less because it can cause stress on your teeth.
I knew about the dangers of sugar, but I don’t think I ever heard about the dangers of too much chewing.
Now, let’s get to the way most of us take care of our teeth. Brushing!
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day although many people brush after each meal. Intuitively, we know that our teeth have five sides. We can only brush three of them. That is why we need to floss regularly.
I’ve been reading a lot of websites about oral health care, and wikiHow was the first that recommended not brushing your teeth with toothpaste every time. Too much fluoride can discolor your teeth. Basically, brush in the morning, after lunch and before you go to bed. Brush without toothpaste after lunch.
Another new tip is to brush your teeth with a dry brush for a couple of minutes before you use toothpaste. Work the brush on the gum line. The toothpaste makes your mouth feel fresh and, if it has fluoride it helps strengthen your teeth. But it is the action of the bristles against your teeth that cleans your teeth.
Flossing is just as important because it helps prevent gum disease, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes and strokes, to name just a few. Afterwards, wash your mouth out with a fluoride mouthwash, especially if you don’t use toothpaste when you brush. Remember, bad oral health can lead to bad overall health.
As always, schedule regular visits with your dentist. These visits will enable your dentist to find potential problems before they become major oral health problems.