What are the pointed teeth in the buccal cavity called?

They are called canines or human cuspids. A typical adult buccal cavity has 32 teeth. These usually include eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and 12 molars, including four wisdom teeth. Thus, canines or cuspids are the pointed teeth of the buccal cavity. Cuspids are the longest teeth in the buccal cavity that are usually found in the corners.

How do canine teeth come through? 

Canines erupt twice in the buccal cavity. Baby teeth that appear in a child between the ages of two and three are known as deciduous teeth. This is because baby teeth are only temporary and will eventually fall out. Around the age of six months, babies usually begin to develop new teeth. And primary canines are born between the ages of 16 and 20 months. Upper canines emerge first, followed by lower canines. The permanent canines take the place of the primary canines. In contrast to the deciduous pattern, the permanent lower adult canines emerge first. These lower canines appear around the age of nine. Upper canines appear around the age of 11 or 12 years.

What is the purpose of human cuspids?

Canines are the most powerful teeth in the buccal cavity. These are specially designed to rip the food. However, human cuspids are not as prominent as those found in wild animals. Even though the cuspids are not particularly large, they have retained a proportionally larger root. Thus, the cuspids are in charge of the upper jaw bulge that supports the mouth corner.

Are canines prone to dental conditions?

Yes. Canines, like all teeth, are prone to dental problems. Since canines are the strongest teeth, they require more attention and effort to keep them in good condition. As a result, regular dental exams are usually advised. Your dentist may be able to recommend the best course of action for you. It should be noted that if the cavity in the enamel is discovered early enough, the enamel could be recalcified. Deeper cavities will require the dentist to remove the rotted area of the tooth and fill it with a long-lasting dental material.

Impaction is another significant condition associated with the upper canines. This is defined by the tooth not fully breaking through the gum. This affects 1% to 2% of the population. This condition is typically treated surgically.

Standard precautions for canines include brushing and flossing on a regular basis. It is also advised to avoid sugary and starchy foods, drink water, and keep the mouth hydrated.

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