Maintaining Wisdom Teeth

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Did you know that not all people have their wisdom teeth extracted? Many people never have wisdom teeth erupt, and there are a lucky few who have mouths large enough to hold all four of the wisdom teeth. Read on to find out extra about when it’s okay to hold on to wisdom teeth.

Although it’s highly uncommon, a few people are able to hold on to some of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed if they erupt because they can interfere with chomping, breathing and other bodily functions. However, when an individual’s oral cavity is vast enough that the wisdom teeth do not alter their day-to-day functioning, they might be able to hold on to their wisdom teeth.

If you have wisdom teeth that have not been pulled and that do not impact your life, then you should be slightly more vigilant about your oral hygiene. Treating 32 pearly whites is harder than caring for 28! Be sure to brush your wisdom teeth thoroughly with your other pearly whites two times per day, and deliberate on using a water flosser and mouthwash to help clean them since they are tricky to reach.

Contact the Stoneham, Massachusetts, North Shore Family Dentistry staff now at 781-662-1999 to arrange your visit with Dr. Carrie Guernsey. We’re happy to visit with you in our office.