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Wisdom Teeth

There are several tales and folklore regarding Wisdom Teeth telling different stories on why people develop these very last teeth. Depending on the culture of a certain community, stories behind Wisdom Teeth varies. But in the medical world, the development of these teeth has no supernatural value at all. The American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons wrote that the wisdom teeth, or third molars usually develop at the of between 19 and 25. It explained that it got its names since it often comes in during the "Age of Wisdom".

Also in the science world, different theories surfaced with regard as to why people develop these teeth. For some evolution biologists, wisdom teeth are a manifestation of the effects of human evolution. Since human diets are no longer the same than its predecessors, the third molars, or the wisdom teeth have become useless at some points.

There were several other reasons why people develop the third molars; some studies have shown that throughout the history of human evolution the human jaw becomes smaller blocking the growth of the third molar. Some dental experts also argued that Wisdom teeth help the prevention of possible oral infection by preventing the food to be trapped in the gum-tissue that surrounds the wisdom teeth.

In the reality, most young people experience terrible fever and pain once the wisdom teeth develop. There were some people who even prefer immediate removal of their wisdom teeth to end the pain saying that wisdom teeth really serve no purpose at all. For most dentists, wisdom teeth are only useful for early humans who have broader jaws. Parents must consider the option of extracting those and avoid long-term health issues.

With the increasing number of people considering this option, several dental groups in the country has been constantly reminding the public to seek services of dental professionals for medical-based advised on what to do with their wisdom teeth. While some dental experts would say that it is perfectly fine to extract wisdom teeth, some would also argue to just do nothing about it; parents of children must be very keen in making such decision.

A research run and funded by the AAOMS on wisdom teeth suggest that even if wisdom teeth don't cause pain and discomfort to the individual, it doesn't necessarily follow that it is harmless and healthy. The result even added that a person, whose wisdom teeth have already developed, is more prone to chronic oral infections that can be life-threatening once left untreated. The wisdom teeth that was not extracted may weaken the bone supporting the teeth and may cause long-term health problems to the person.

Other than the regular dental visit, the research further suggests that individual must put emphasis on regular oral check-up to check possible effects of wisdom teeth to one's health.