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Even if you treat your teeth brilliantly, you could still run into problems with wisdom teeth. Here’s the full lowdown.

You probably imagine that our evenings here at MyDental towers are taken up with a social whirl, turning up on the red carpet at gala events, etc. The truth, however, is that our early evenings tend to be taken up with something a lot more prosaic – helping our kids with their homework.

Last week, the Irish homework involved a number of ‘seanfhocail’ or Irish sayings. One of them that immediately caught our attention was the following: Ni thagann ciall roimh aois. Translated into English, this means that ‘wisdom does not come before age’.

Seeing this sage Irish saying, we immediately thought of the relationship between age and wisdom – and how it gave the name to our third set of molars. They appear for some people (and not at all for others) between the ages of 18 and 25. And because this is sometimes defined as the age when we’re starting to wise up, the third molars have become known universally as our wisdom teeth.


The unfairness of wisdom teeth

If you’ve reached this venerable age and haven’t experienced wisdom teeth symptoms, then consider yourself lucky. They don’t come to everybody, but when they do appear, they can often be a sign of trouble further down the line.

The problem, of course, is space. There can be huge pressure put on your existing teeth and gums, especially if your wisdom teeth become impacted. This means that they're trapped and have nowhere to go, but continue to grow nonetheless.


So what should I do?

Wisdom teeth removal can make a lot of sense at the earliest signs of problems. Why? Well because the roots will continue to grow for quite a few years more, so if you put off extraction, it can become more painful and complex that it would be if you had it done right now.

If you're one of the unlucky people who have to contemplate  wisdom teeth extraction, we’d strongly recommend that you follow these guidelines after the procedure:

• Don’t be brave – accept the offer of any painkillers your dentist prescribes and you're better off taking them before pain has a chance to take hold.


• For quire a few people, swelling can be a problem. Head this off at the pass by applying an ice pack to the outside of your face for twenty minutes each hour – just for the first half day or so after the procedure.


• Any unnecessary movement can be painful, so maybe cancel the five-a-side footie for a few days.


• When rinsing or spitting, make sure you don't dislodge any clot that’s formed, as it's stopping any further bleeding.


• When you get back to eating solid food, use the opposite side for the first few days.


If you'd like to read more on this topic, MedicineNet have a good article on the topic - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm