How to Draw a Tooth

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A tooth is a hard structure located in the mouth of humans or animals. Teeth are used to chew food, crushing and pulverizing it in a process scientists call mastication. The top of the tooth is called the crown, with one or more roots beneath. The outside is called the enamel.

Teeth can also be used for defense. Many animals have sharp teeth and will bite if they feel threatened. Predators also use their sharp teeth to capture prey. Humans usually have 32 teeth. Animals can have many more.

There are many different types of teeth. Primary teeth or "baby teeth" are small and come in first. Later, they are replaced by permanent teeth. These, too, fall into multiple categories. Molars, premolars, and bicuspids at the back of the mouth are flat and used for grinding foods. Incisors are found at the front of the mouth and are used for cutting and holding food. A canine or cuspid tooth is located on each side of the incisors. These pointed teeth are used to cut and tear.

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Why is the tooth in our drawing guide crying? Perhaps he is a “baby tooth” that has fallen out to make way for the “grown-up teeth.” This lost tooth could miss his siblings. Or, he could be experiencing a toothache. Toothaches occur when a tooth gets a cavity or the gum around it gets an infection.

Teeth are often used to symbolize oral hygiene or dental care. In other contexts, bared teeth may indicate aggression. Humans with long, pointed canine teeth may be identified with vampires.

Would you like to draw a cartoon tooth? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Body Outline, Mouth and Tongue, and Lips.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Tooth

How to Draw Tooth: Step 1

1. Draw a wavy, curved line that is roughly shaped like an upside down “L.” This begins the outline of the top of the tooth.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 2

2. Continue the line in a rounded “V” shaped pattern. This forms the bottom or root of the tooth.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 3

3. Draw another wavy line passing over and connected to the first. This completes the top of the tooth.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 4

4. Give the cartoon tooth an arm. First, draw two parallel curved lines. Then, use large and small “U” shaped lines to craft the hand, thumb, and fingers. Draw a curved line across the base of the hand to indicate the cuff of the glove.

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How to Draw Tooth: Step 5

5. Draw another rounded “V” shaped line, forming another portion of the root and completing the outline of the tooth.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 6

6. Draw the remaining arm and hand. Extend a pair of short lines from the side of the tooth. Then, use “U” shaped lines to outline the back of the hand, the fingers, and the thumb.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 7

7. Draw the tooth’s open mouth. First, use a curved line to enclose an irregular rounded shape. Then, use two overlapping curved lines to indicate the tongue. Draw a “U” shaped line at the top of the mouth to form the uvula, a fleshy extension at the back of the throat.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 8

8. Draw the tooth’s crying eyes. First, draw two ovals. Draw a curved line across each to indicate the tightly closed eyelids. Use curved lines to enclose pointed shapes above each eye, indicating the eyebrows.

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How to Draw Tooth: Step 9

9. Draw the tooth’s tears, erasing as necessary. Use curved lines to enclose the multiple teardrop shapes.

How to Draw Tooth: Step 10

Color your cartoon tooth. Healthy teeth are sparkling white, while dirty teeth may be yellow, orange, green, or brown in color.

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