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Have you ever wondered why we have wisdom teeth, if we need them or how they got their name?

Wisdom Teeth

Why do we have Wisdom Teeth?

At one time wisdom teeth were very beneficial.  Our ancestors needed extra teeth due to their diet.  They consumed uncooked coarse, grainy foods like raw meat, roots, nuts berries and leaves.  Chewing these tough and rugged foods required a broader jaw and strong molars.

 

Do we need Wisdom Teeth?

Many dentist say no. Overcrowding, pain, decay, infection or their position damaging adjacent teeth are some of the reasons dentist recommend removing wisdom teeth.  You may not need to have them removed if they are not causing problems, however, according to the American Dental Association “The condition of your mouth changes over time.  Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because of the potential for developing problems later on still exists”.

 

How did they get the name?

Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25. In the Seventeenth century, that age was when a person matured into adulthood and was considered “wise”, hence “wisdom teeth”.

 

 

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