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Wisdom Teeth and Oral Hygiene

Many people wonder why we still have wisdom teeth in the first place? In truth, wisdom teeth have been passed down over the years from our ancestors who would frequently use those teeth to grind down tough plants that were difficult to digest. Throughout the course of time the types of plants we tend to eat require less grinding which means we do not use our wisdom teeth as we did before. Today, people tend to have smaller jaws but most will still end up developing the third set of molars known as wisdom teeth.

Most people do not get these teeth in place until they are somewhere between the ages of 17 to 21. Since these molars are the last teeth to emerge they quite frequently become impacted which can create ongoing problems with oral hygeine. Wisdom teeth are defined as impacted when they only emerge part way through the gums at the time they arrive in the jawline. There are a few reasons why wisdom teeth are impacted. One reason is that the smaller jaw size simply does not leave enough room for the third molar to fully emerge. Another reason could be that the tooth is coming in from an unusual position in the jaw or is turned askew in a way that creates complications when it comes to oral hygeine.

Interestingly enough, the impacted wisdom tooth can go unnoticed for quite some time since it is generally painless and tucked out of the way. Discomfort tends to arise when the impacted tooth tries to push its way through the gums creating swelling and bleeding. Another concern is that the wisdom tooth can easily collect particles of food over time that get stuck between the tooth and the gums. When these particles are not fully rinsed out the gums can become infected in a way that can easily spread throughout the mouth and into the neck. As one can imagine, this kind of experience leads to health complications and more pain.

Here are some tips to properly care for your wisdom teeth in order to avoid such uncomfortable complications. The truth is that you cannot help whether or not you have impacted wisdom teeth, but you can follow a strict routine for the best possible oral hygeine to best care for the set of teeth you have. Keep in mind that you reduce the risk of infection when you brush your teeth at least twice a day and give your gums a good flossing at the same time. If you find that there are food particles in hard to reach places using a jet water spray device can help clean the mouth much more effectively.

1. Keep a sharp eye out for any signs of infection in your mouth. Take note of anything new and unusual. 
2. Swelling of the gums or anywhere on the jawline, toward the back or front of your mouth. 
3. Halltosis or chronic bad breath can be cause for concern. 
4. Stiffness in the jawline or any discomfort when opening your mouth to speak or chew. 
5. Any kind of pain that occurs when you are eating, especially while biting into your food.

It is true that some mouth irritations can be relieved through the practice of rinsing the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water. The reasoning behind this is that the warm salt water actually works to reduce swelling and creates soothing relief. Nothing beats regular dental checkups to keep your teeth in good shape. A good dentist will be sure to let you know if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted in order to improve your oral health and reduce the risk of infection. You can have problems with impacted wisdom teeth if you are feeling pain in your jawline and still cannot see any third molars erupting through the gum line at all. This is something that can be easily diagnosed with dental x-rays and an oral exam. Traditionally dentists prefer to have wisdom teeth extracted, usually all four, by the age of 21. This is true even if your wisdom teeth are not seriously impacted. The reasoning behind this is to prevent any problems with pain or infection in the future. Preventative measures go a long way towards supporting healthy teeth and a beautiful smile to last a lifetime.