Everyone Has the Same Number of Teeth (Mostly)
Outside gender-specific parts, men and women are created equal. But ol' Aristotle thought differently. It's hard to be right about everything. For some reason, he thought men had more teeth than women. You read that right. But he would be wrong. Sorry, Ari. Men and women have the same number of teeth. You should know:
- We all have 20 baby teeth that start popping up around 6 months of age, according to the American Dental Association
- As we get older, our permanent teeth come in
- Adults have 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth)
Now here's the tricky part to your personal number of teeth. Your wisdom teeth may not erupt. Sometimes, one may just come in, sometimes all 4, and sometimes none. If they do, they often cause overcrowding and sometimes are impacted below the gumline, causing swelling. This is why wisdom teeth removal surgery is so popular.