Teeth Facts for Kids – 5 Terrific Facts about Teeth

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Did you know that your teeth have favourite food! Let’s discover five terrific teeth facts for kids.

Teeth Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Types of Teeth

The teeth in different parts of your mouth have different names, shapes, and jobs they do. The front teeth are called Incisors and you have four of them on the top and bottom of your mouth, they cut through food for you. The Canines are pointy teeth that help you tear up food, they sit either side of your incisors. The Premolars are a very different shape to the other teeth, they are broader and ridged and help you crush up food. The Molars are ridged and flat like the premolars and help you break down food. These teeth come in later than your other teeth.

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Teeth Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Your Teeth Can Tell Everything about Your Life

Your bite marks and teeth are unique to you. They can be used to identify you as no two sets of teeth are the same, just like fingerprints. Teeth can also tell experts all about you. Archaeologists use teeth they find from ancient people to learn more about how they lived. They can tell the kind of foods people ate by the way their teeth look. Scientists can even find out where people grew up by checking their teeth. The water you drink while you grow up affects your teeth which is how scientists can tell where you are from.

Teeth Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Tooth Decay

Sugar is very bad for our teeth which is why we need to brush our teeth to clean the sugar and bacteria off our teeth. We didn’t always know what was best for our teeth, including during the Tudor times. The Tudors used honey and sugar paste to clean their teeth as they believed it would help prevent tooth decay. What they did not know was that sugar mixes with the bacteria in our mouths and creates a type of acid. This acid damages the enamel of our teeth and causes tooth decay. Not a great toothpaste.

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Teeth Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: The Enamel of Your Teeth Is Stronger than Your Bones

Enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, it allows us to break down foods so they can be digested. The enamel that makes up the surface of the tooth is even stronger than the bones in the skeleton. Even though the enamel is very strong we still need to take good care of it. Enamel is damaged by sugar and can be broken if we are not careful. Make sure to take care of your teeth as they are very important to your health!

Teeth Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Your Teeth Love Cheese!

Cheese is a surprisingly good food to eat for healthy teeth. Cheese contains calcium which strengthens your enamel and phosphorus which helps the body absorb the calcium. Cheese is also able to help your mouth reduce how much acid is in it. Your teeth can be damaged by this acid so cheese helps protect your teeth from it. How clever!

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about teeth as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this component in human body is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: Mouth, Hair and The Digestive System.

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