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Function of the teeth HTML5


Mammals are the only animals that chew their food. Teeth implanted in the jaw must grip,  cut and chew food. The number and shape of teeth are different according to the species. Adapted to dietary regimes, they play an essential role because they prepare food for digestion. Their function is comparable to that of a very specific tool.

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Learning goals

  • To understand the role of each tooth.
  • To associate the function of teeth to that of a tool.

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Teeth are fixated onto the maxillary (superior bone of the jaw) and the mandible (inferior bone of the jaw). The jaw works like a nutcracker to grip, grind and move the teeth. It is the movement…

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