Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

How are the different types of teeth used in feeding?

Summary Introduction

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The different types of teeth that are used for eating.


Teeth play an important role in the mastication of food. They tear and grind the food and break it down into smaller particles. Humans have two sets of teeth: milk teeth (deciduous teeth) and permanent teeth and possess more than one morphology (shapes and sizes) of the tooth; therefore, they are heterodont. A tooth consists of two main regions, that is, the crown and the root.


The main function of the teeth is tearing, chewing, and grinding of the food material, and preparing it for swallowing and digestion. Different categories of teeth perform different functions.

The mammalian teeth are mainly of four types on the basis of their shape and function, which include incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. These sets are present in both the jaws...

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