The Physics of Teeth

Kjersten Williams
Web Project for Physics 104 Spring Semester 2012
April 7, 2012

Photograph courtesy of user SwanPrincess

      Teeth are an extremely important part of our lives. We eventually grow two sets of teeth, the first being referred to as "baby teeth", and the second set called permanent teeth. From the time we get our first tooth, we rely heavily on our teeth to help us obtain the sustenance necessary for life. While many of us realize the important part our teeth play in our daily lives, rarely do we give much thought to the physics behind teeth- their eruption, the correction of their position, as well as the physics of chewing. It is this area in which I aim to provide new insight as well as offering a few interesting facts about teeth and dental care.

Table of Contents

Page 1: Introduction to Teeth

Page 2: Tooth Correction

Page 3: The Physics of Chewing

Page 4: Tooth Facts