Why Molars Matter?
Have you ever wondered why you need so many teeth? There are four different shapes of teeth in your mouth, each serves a purpose to help you bite, chew and even speak and smile with.
Let’s take a deeper look at your molars to help you understand why they’re so important!
A Look At Your Molars
There are 12 molar teeth in every human (including the wisdom teeth)—three in the back on each side of your upper and lower jaws. Molars have a particularly broad and flat surface that helps you grind and chew food into small pieces that can be easily swallowed.
Aside from offering support in eating, molars also play a key role in maintaining your facial height structure. If it weren’t for your molars, your cheeks might appear sunken. Facial height lost. With time, patients who have lost their molars due to decay or gum disease may also develop wrinkles near the back of the cheek where the molars once were.
Supporting Your Molars
Neglecting your molars (and other teeth) can lead to oral health issues as well as overall health problems that go far beyond cosmetics! Because your molars are located in the back of your mouth, they can be inherently hard to clean—in fact, they are often the teeth with the most decay. If you have trouble cleaning your back teeth, try opting for a toothbrush with a smaller head or one specifically designed for hard-to-reach areas.
Keep your molars and mouth healthy by maintaining regular dental visits.