• Why Do I Have Teeth?

    by The Tooth Fairy
    on Jul 25th, 2018

Have you ever wondered to yourself “Why Do I Have Teeth?” You may wonder why someone would consider spending their hard earned money on maintaining, repairing, removing, straightening, and whitening them.

So here you go, here are a few reasons why we at San Diego Smile Center think that you should work on keeping your teeth healthy, clean, and in place!

Dr. Paulo Cortes and team suggest routine cleanings so that we can keep gums and teeth healthy among other reasons, (stay tuned for my next post for reasons why you should have your teeth routinely cleaned). During routine cleanings we monitor and keep diligent notes on what we see in your mouth. When there is reason for concern we suggest treatment for the ailment of tooth; in order to keep them in tip-top shape so that they function they way they should. 

Imagine taking a bite of the most delicious meal, and you are unable to chew and savor it because your teeth are not functioning to their maximum potential. Yikes! So your food just sits in your mouth and turns into mush instead. (Not so delicious anymore).

Certain teeth perform specific tasks. Your back teeth (premolars and molars) they help crush, and chew your food like a blender would. You wouldn’t want to swallow a whole apple slice, chip, or a chunk of steak.

Your 8 front teeth (incisors, 4 on top and 4 on the bottom) they help bite into food, speak, and also help support your lips. Do you remember as a child when your front teeth fell out and the air would hit your gums as you spoke making a slight whistle? Very cute for a 7 year old, but not for a grown-up.

Your canines also referred to as cuspids, also help cut food and support your lips. They also help guide your upper and lower jaw come together. As humans have evolved our cuspids are not as sharp and prominent as they once were in the days of Neanderthals; because we are not out in the wild biting into animals for survival, and our premolars and molars have the tough job of chewing our food.

Also, some third-molars (wisdom teeth) are extracted because our second molars do most of the work that your third-molars do. Third-molars also get crammed in the back of your mouth making it tricky to diligently clean them.

So there you go, a few reasons why you should give San Diego Smile Center a call to

So now that you know what the function of your very important pearly–whites give San Diego Smile Center a call to schedule your routine cleaning or an exam. We work hard so that your teeth keep working for you.

Author The Tooth Fairy San Diego, CA

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