Most of your information about wisdom teeth come from your friends, your family members, or dentists who refers you to an oral surgeon. Among the communication between all these different people there are some things that may be myths than facts. Let us help you clear the air with what’s fact and what’s fiction.
Myth: Everyone is born with wisdom teeth.
Fact: It’s estimated that 35% of the human population is born without wisdom teeth altogether. You won’t know really know for sure if you have wisdom teeth or not until your dentist spots them on your x-rays when you’re between 17 to 25 years old.
Myth: Wisdom teeth must always be removed.
Fact: This is false – wisdom teeth do not always require extraction. According to one study, 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year from 5 million people. More than 60% of these removals aren’t needed. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly aligned, there may not be a need for wisdom teeth extraction. Below are the common instances in which wisdom teeth removal is necessary:
Myth: Milkshakes are great after wisdom teeth extraction.
Fact: Milkshakes are a good source of sustenance, especially if you’re craving a sweet treat post oral surgery. After getting your wisdom teeth removed, it is important to avoid crunchy, spicy, or hard-to-chew foods. These types of food can cause severe pain and can even prevent healing. When drinking any type of beverage, within three days of oral surgery, make sure to avoid using a straw so you don’t dislodge the clots in your sockets.
Myth: Wisdom teeth must be removed before orthodontic treatment.
Fact: This varies from case to case. While there is some concern that wisdom teeth may cause your other teeth to shift, thus hindering the effects of braces, recent studies have shown that this is only rarely the case.
Myth: If you have wisdom teeth, you know you have them.
Fact: Just because you can’t physically see or feel your wisdom teeth, doesn’t mean you don’t have them. Wisdom teeth can be enclosed within the soft tissue or your jawbone. Therefore, an x-ray, from your dentist, is required to reveal any hidden teeth, as well as any potential problems with their growth.
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