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Once the pangs of wisdom teeth start to kick in, there’s only one sensible choice you can make. Here’s why.

If you have any romance in your soul, you will have cheered from the rafters when Leicester City won the Premiership last season, working off a tiny budget yet beating some of the biggest clubs on the global soccer stage.


And if you needed proof of what a staggering achievement it was, it’s come this year in the form of a league position for Leicester that puts them just a point above relegation. And on foot of this, of course, there has been much media speculation about when manager Claudio Ranieri will get his P45.


When it comes to working out the likelihood of things like this happening, we tend to see what the bookies are saying, as they rarely seem to get it wrong. When we looked this morning on the odds of Ranieri being the next Premiership manager to be fired, most bookies were offering around 8/15. In other words, they’re pretty much certain that he’s for the chop.


While we were checking out the bookies’ odds, the thought struck us that there must be some sort of a formal odds of getting wisdom teeth. After all, some of us get them, but some don’t.


We did a bit of digging and it seems that, on average, around 35% of the global population will never develop wisdom teeth, which are, in fact, a third set of molars that would have made sense in the ancient past when we ate hard roots as a part of our staple diet.


But while this figure is accurate on a global level, it really all depends on your ethnic background. It’s almost unheard of, for example, for indigenous Mexicans to develop wisdom teeth. But on the other hand, if you're one of the indigenous Bantu population in Angola, you're almost certain to develop them.


As to why this should be the case, science believes that mutation of the PAX9 gene is the culprit, yielding different results depending on your ethnicity.


This is very well, but if you're one of the unlucky ones, we’re sorry to say that wisdom teeth extraction is your only real option. This is because the roots of the wisdom teeth will continue to grow for a couple of years after you get the first telltale signs, so extraction will become a bigger deal when you eventually decide to opt for wisdom teeth removal.


Also, the longer you leave things, the bigger the risk you run of getting impacted wisdom teeth. This means that the wisdom teeth are trapped in the gums or between existing teeth, and the resulting battle for position can lead to all sorts of problems.


Getting wisdom teeth removed may sound like a drastic solution, and indeed it's the only time your dentist will ever rush down the extraction route. But trust us when we say that the symptoms will only get more painful over time, so the sooner you drop into us to arrange an extraction date, the better.


Before doing so, however, you might like to read a bit more on this topic. If so, here’s a handy starting point for you - http://www.medicinenet.com/wisdom_teeth/page2.htm