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Mar
20

Healthy Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are often associated with wisdom teeth extractions due to their location and difficulty for some people to keep them healthy. These teeth decay easily and are often extracted rather than restored the way other teeth typically are. Did you know it is possible for some people to keep their wisdom teeth for an entire lifetime? It may take a little extra effort, but it is definitely possible for some people. The life of your wisdom teeth is greatly affected by:

Your body’s anatomy
Depending on your ethnicity, gender and the natural developmental location of your wisdom teeth, you may or may not have enough room for the tooth to erupt naturally in alignment with the other teeth in the mouth. If they do, then you’re in luck! Wisdom teeth that erupt straight into the mouth are the number one requirement for keeping them healthy. Unfortunately many times they become impacted or only partially erupted, which jeopardize the teeth around them, resulting in the need for extraction.

Oral hygiene
It’s the same old tune, isn’t it? With wisdom teeth, their location makes them more difficult to keep clan, and more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease. Special attention is needed for these teeth in order to prevent gingivitis, tartar buildup and decalcification from occurring. Most people should spend more time brushing and flossing around their wisdom teeth, as they are predisposed for dental disease. Once a wisdom tooth develops dental disease, it easily spreads to adjacent teeth throughout the mouth. The use of an electric toothbrush, water flosser and supplemental fluoride can greatly improve your ability to maintain an healthy environment around the wisdom teeth as well as the rest of the teeth throughout your mouth.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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