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Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental

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Caring for Wisdom Teeth that Do Not Get Pulled

Posted on 8/13/2016 by Na Xu
A woman suffering from an infected wisdom tooth.For years, it has been common practice to remove wisdom teeth. For many people, their mouths do not provide enough room for these third molars to grow in. They may be impacted or erupt at odd angles. Any one of these situations could compromise the health of your existing teeth.

Wisdom tooth removal is a relatively simple procedure and having those teeth removed is often recommended. Sometimes, though, it is not necessary.

Brush and Floss

If your wisdom teeth grow in normally, and do not threaten to displace the rest of your teeth or show signs of infection, you should care for them just as you would the rest of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily and rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

In order to be extra thorough, it may be helpful to alter the angle at which you brush and you may need to add a few extra flossing sessions, but as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene regimen, your wisdom teeth should remain healthy.

Watch for Troubling Symptoms

Even if your wisdom teeth have not come yet, keep your eye out for signs of trouble. Swelling and pain are signs that there is an infection. Keep an eye on the rest of your teeth. If they start shifting, there may not be sufficient room. If either of these are the case, an extraction may become necessary.

Make a Dental Appointment

You should go to the dentist at least twice a year for regular exams. Talk with your dentist about your wisdom teeth that haven't been removed. He or she can take X-rays and evaluate the condition of your teeth and mouth. You can discuss care together.

Wisdom teeth are not necessary teeth, but that doesn't mean that they always need to be removed. Certain situations may warrant extraction, but as long as you have the space and those teeth aren't posing any threats, maintaining proper hygiene will keep all of your teeth healthy.

Please contact us if you have any questions about wisdom teeth.

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