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5 Fun Facts About Wisdom Teeth

wisdom teeth fun factsIf you’ve ever had wisdom teeth, you know that they can be a pesky problem and are typically removed. While you could probably look like a chipmunk after you get them removed, you can eat tasty treats like ice cream and milkshakes as you recover.

Curious about those extra teeth of yours? Here are 5 fun facts about wisdom teeth!

What’s In a Name? Ever wonder how wisdom teeth got their nickname? These teeth, clinically referred to as third molars, are called wisdom teeth because of the age when they typically emerge – between 17 and 25. This time period has been referred to as “the age of wisdom,” hence wisdom teeth!

Most Need to be Removed – According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth will need to be removed eventually. That’s because these teeth are usually quite difficult to reach, making cleaning and care tough.

Most People Have at Least One Impacted Wisdom Tooth – When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to enter the mouth fully, it becomes “impacted.” If an impacted tooth is left alone, it can cause damage to neighboring teeth or can become infected since it is hard to reach and clean. Most people experience this; in fact, 9 out of 10 people with wisdom teeth have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

Some People Are Born Without Them – That’s right! About 35% of the population never has to worry about wisdom teeth because they simply were not born with them. Researchers aren’t sure if this is because of a cultural difference or if it’s because our bodies are evolving since we don’t need our wisdom teeth for survival.

Studies Are Being Conducted to Prevent Their Growth – Did you know that all of our teeth – except for wisdom teeth – are formed when we are in the womb? Scientists are trying to find ways to prevent wisdom teeth’s growth since most of the population opts to have them surgically removed.

If you have wisdom teeth and wish to have them removed, you should talk to your family dentist to discuss the best option for you. Should you decide to keep them, you will need to take extra care to clean these teeth very well every day and to have them x-rayed and examined regularly by your dentist.

Want to remove your wisdom teeth? Looking for a second opinion or a professional to do the job? Request an appointment with us at Foley Dental Group! Call us at (618) 288-9670 or visit us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com.