Teeth Facts



  • Milk teeth are the 20 teeth that start to appear when a baby is about six months old.
  • When you are six, you start to grow your 32 adult teeth — 16 top in the top row and 16 in the bottom.
  • Molars are the (usually) six pairs of big, strong teeth at the back of your mouth. Their flattish tops arc a good shape for grinding food.
  • The four rearmost molars, one in each back corner of each jaw, arc the wisdom teeth. These are the last to grow and sometimes they never appear.
  • Premolars arc four pairs of teeth in front of the molars.
  • Incisors arc the four pairs of teeth at the front of your mouth. They have sharp edges for cutting food.
  • Canines are the two pairs of big, pointed teeth behind the incisors. Their shape is good for tearing food.
  • The enamel on teeth is the body’s hardest substance.
  • Dentine inside teeth is softer but still hard as bone.
  • Teeth sit in sockets in the jawbones.