Interesting Facts About Wisdom Teeth: Do You Still Have Yours?

We all know some people, whether relative, friend or colleague, who’ve had wisdom their teeth removed. More than expected, there are quite a few names that come to your mind!
As the only teeth to become given a ‘clever’ nickname, wisdom teeth are really unique. From their late eruption and the location to their unpredictability and various issues, they can cause, wisdom teeth get more attention than all the rest of the teeth combined.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in the mouth. When these teeth align well, and the gum tissue is healthy, they don’t need to be removed. Unluckily, this doesn’t always happen. Wisdom teeth removal will be inevitable, especially when such teeth can’t emerge properly in the mouth.
They may emerge partially from the gum, grow sideways, or even stay trapped under the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take several positions in the bone as they try to find a pathway which will let them emerge successfully.
Most people are aware of only a few facts about the wisdom teeth: that they’re commonly removed, and when they’re taken out one looks like a chipmunk and get to eat milkshakes and ice cream. However, there’s a lot more to learn about them. Here are some interesting facts about wisdom teeth:
1. At some point, most of them need to be removed. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 85 percent of wisdom teeth will ultimately have to be removed. It occurs as a result of the teeth impacting the area making it difficult to reach, and therefore, challenging to clean, causing bacteria and other infection.
2. Dental work and diet may be the cause of impacted wisdom teeth. The teeth of early humans endured more wear because of the rough foods they consumed. Such damage caused the teeth to drift, developing space for third molars.
Anthropologists do believe that wisdom teeth could emerge into an oral cavity at around the same period as the other permanent teeth due to lack of obstacles. Today, though, diets are much easier on teeth.
Also, we have excellent dental care, such as retainers, and braces, providing us healthier, straighter, and fuller smiles, but not much space for third molars. Therefore, the wisdom teeth need to wait for the dental arch to grow bigger before they erupt if there’s room. If space is inadequate, they may be impacted and should be removed through surgical means.
3. Milkshakes and ice cream are two of the excellent foods after wisdom teeth removal. Yes, you read that correctly! Milkshakes and ice cream are your great friends’ post op! You will only need to be eating soft foods which are easy to digest.
Ice cream is the best type of soft food, right? Just ensure you avoid the chewy and nutty flavors. It is not only delicious, but the coldness is best for soothing pain as well.
4. Thirty-five percent of the entire human population never developed their wisdom teeth.  Many of them like to say that they’re ‘more evolved’ than the rest of us. Which is fundamentally right – wisdom teeth are becoming obsolete.
According to the scientists, more children will be born without them. Meanwhile, most of us need to have them extracted due to the issues they can cause. Such as infection, gum disease, cysts, pain and damage to other teeth.
5. 9 out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. When there’s no sufficient room for the tooth to enter the mouth completely, it’s referred to as “impacted.” If left extracted, it may destroy the neighboring teeth, or become infected because of inaccessibility and difficulty in cleaning that particular area of the gums and mouth.
6. Wisdom teeth can produce stem cells – in 2008, Japanese researchers discovered that it is possible to harvest-induced pluripotent stem cells from the wisdom teeth. Therefore, one can save wisdom teeth for the potential need for stem cells later in life.
7. Scientists are conducting some research to prevent the growth of wisdom teeth. They’re the only teeth not formed in the womb. Since many people choose to have surgery to remove them, researchers are trying to come up with ways to stop their growth altogether.

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