The Man with 37 Teeth

HomeDental FactsThe Man with 37 Teeth

An average adult will have 32 teeth made up of eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and eight molars. Then, there are some people who have 36 teeth because all four of their wisdom teeth come in. Although oftentimes, these get removed for health reasons. Then, there’s someone like Vijay Kumar V.A. who holds the Guinness World Record for most teeth in one mouth.

vijay kumar v.a. man with 37 teeth

About Vijay Kumar V.A.

Vijay Kumar V.A. is from Bangalore, India and ever since he was a teenager, he knew that his teeth were a little bit different. Turns out it’s because he has 37 teeth, so five more than normal. He claimed the Guinness World Record for “most teeth in one mouth,” toppling Cassidar Danabalan’s previous record of 36 teeth.

What it Means to Have Extra Teeth

While his extra teeth have brought him into the spotlight, Kumar says that having so many means he often bites his own tongue. Not to mention it’s more for him to keep clean. As dental professionals, we can say he’s definitely onto something!

If you have more than the average amount of teeth, it could mean there’s not enough space in your mouth to fit them all, which will lead to crowding. Crowding comes with its own list of potential problems. For example, your teeth can shift out of place, messing up their alignment and how you chew. Crowded teeth can also be harder to keep clean since there’s more nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in.

Another Star with Extra Teeth

While there are some concerns that need to be taken into account with extra teeth, other people swear by them. By other people, we’re referring to none other than Freddie Mercury, the famous singer from the band Queen. Known for his prominent overbite, Mercury actually had four extra teeth. Turns out he never got them taken care of because he thought that they were the reason he could sing the way he did and that fixing them would change his voice.

Hungry for more dental trivia? Scroll the rest of our blog for more fun dental-related topics. The Edgewater Dental Arts team is also happy to answer any questions you might have related to your oral health. Give us a call today!

Dr. John Cutting

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.