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In the mouth, the bone holding the bottom row of teeth is the mandible, and the bone holding the top row of teeth is the maxilla.
Since the mouth is symmetrically divided down the middle, let’s look at just one side of it.
The teeth that pair up vertically have the same names.
Starting at the front of the mouth, in the center, there are the central incisors and then the lateral incisors. These teeth are shaped like chisels and are good at biting off small bits of food.
Next, are the canines, which got their name from being the same teeth that are extra long and sharp in dogs. They’re also called the cuspids, which comes from the word cusp, meaning point. They’re good for puncturing holes, tearing things, and are an essential part of any vampire costume.
Both incisors and canines typically have one root each.
As the permanent teeth grow in the bone below the deciduous teeth throughout childhood, the roots of the deciduous teeth begin to get absorbed into the gums. This loosens them and allows them to fall out, making room for the permanent teeth to take their places.
These permanent teeth are also called the adult teeth or succedaneous teeth, which means to succeed or follow after.
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