The wisdom behind wisdom teeth

The wisdom behind wisdom teeth

Posted on Jun 09, 2015

Wisdom teeth – We don’t really give them much thought until they cause sudden and severe pain. And that’s simply because they end up growing and developing in each corner of the mouth.

As rear molars (otherwise known as back teeth) that usually push through during the teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth can cause problems such as tooth decay and gum infections. Why? It all comes down to space – If there’s not enough space in your mouth for your teeth to grow or the teeth are growing on an angle, it could spell trouble.

Instead of plunging into a predictable blog that looks at the things that can go wrong with wisdom teeth and some possible solutions, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the things people wouldn’t necessarily know.

Wisdom teeth – How they got their name: This one’s relatively simple and basically comes down to the age in which these rear molars typically grow. Called the third molars by many, these teeth don’t usually grow out until the dental arch becomes larger, usually around the age of 17 to 25. This is a period referred to by many as the ‘age of wisdom’.

Some people don’t actually have them – That’s right: An estimated 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Over time, researchers have continued to debate whether or not this is due to evolution or culture.

Wisdom teeth and stem cells: Interestingly, in 2008, Japanese researchers found that induced pluripotent stem cells can be harvested from wisdom teeth. In other words, wisdom teeth can be saved for any future needs for stem cells later in life.

So, did you have any idea about these three facts before reading them here?

If you’re having issues with your wisdom teeth or any other facet of your oral health, make an appointment with your nearest NovaDental clinic. Remember, it’s always best to nip these things in the bud before they become bigger issues.

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