What Your Teeth Say About You

Teeth are complex. As unique as the patterns found in fingerprints, teeth provide detailed information on a person’s specific profile.  No two teeth are the same size and shape, including baby and adult teeth. Each tooth in a person’s mouth has its own shape and because of this, teeth vary greatly from person to person—even within families.  Teeth lay out a person’s blueprint before birth. When babies are born the crowns of their first 20 teeth are already in place, below the gum surface. By the time adult teeth begin to push through, the crowns and roots of those teeth would have already been in place since childhood.

Understanding your teeth can show a snapshot of your diet and overall health and even personality.  They say a smile is the ultimate communicator.  Experts say teeth are too.

Dental DNA

Central incisors (the two teeth in the top front of the mouth) can reveal someone’s age, experts say. While young people’s central incisors are rectangular with rounded corners, old people’s become square with squared corners and shorten with age. Lateral incisors (the teeth directly next to the two front teeth) can tell gender. Feminine genes produce more rounded and shorter lateral incisors that are slightly shorter than the central incisors. Those with masculine genes have longer lateral incisors that are squarer.


According to experts, canines (the pointed teeth next to the lateral incisors) are a major indicator of personality. Pointier, prominent canines that are longer than the central incisorsindicate an aggressive or more powerful personality. Canines with flattened or rounded tips that are less prominent reveals a passive personality, while small canines indicate a pushover personality type.


Teeth staining is an unfortunate but normal effect from food consumption.  A few foods that cause teeth staining are: coffee, wine, tea, soda, candy and berries.  Because stained teeth are generally dirty teeth, they have a stigma of creating an unhealthy appearance. Many people rely on teeth whitening methods to create a younger, brighter and whiter smile.  In recent years teeth whitening options have increased from over the counter, to in-office procedures that can be done in minutes.  Whitening toothpaste is created to remove surface stains, with mild abrasive particles that scrub away surface stains caused by food and liquids. They do not contain any bleaching agents however, and are best used to supplement another tooth whitening options.Whitening strips and gels are clear peroxide-based gels either applied with a small brush to the surface of the teeth, or in a clear plastic strip laid over the teeth. Detailed instructions vary depending on the strength of the peroxide, but results generally last about four months. In office whitening can come in two ways: an in-office bleach treatment that is applied to the teeth, combined with heat, a special light or laser with immediate results, or at home whitening trays that a dentist creates with your specific tooth impression.  The user applies the gel to the mouthpiece tray and the teeth before using at home. Contact TurnAgain Dental for in-office whitening offers.

Teeth Grinding

A person’s psychology can literally affect their teeth. Teeth grinding (when one closes their jaw and either clamps down hard or rubs their upper jaw against the lower jaw) is a symptom of stress, anxiety or anger.Stress-inducing habits like smoking, high caffeine intake or alcohol consumption can cause teeth grinding. Personality traits like competitiveness and aggression also lend themselves to teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can cause fracturing, loosening of the teeth or even tooth loss. Stress-inducing habits like smoking, high caffeine intake or alcohol consumption can cause teeth grinding.

Teeth are a major indicator on the physiology of a person, including personality, stress levels, diet and health. Keep these tips in mind to make sure you’re taking care of your mind, body and teeth.