Are Wisdom Teeth So Wise

We all know about wisdom teeth and the pain they can cause if they are left in your mouth, although while most people to get their wisdom teeth extracted, not all people need them extracted. Have you ever wondered how wisdom teeth got their name? Today, Jordan Dentistry is going to share with you the truth about this fun little piece of dental trivia.

Wisdom TeethWisdom Tooth Trivia

In the Seventeenth Century, the third molars were referred to as “teeth of wisdom.” In the Nineteenth Century their name changed to simply “wisdom teeth.” Third molars typically do not erupt until much later than other teeth – between the ages of 17 to 25 when a person reaches adult hood. The general story that gives wisdom teeth their name is because they appear so late, when a person should be maturing into adulthood and is “wiser” than when their other teeth erupted.

The Scientific Proof

Science has recently backed the idea that you are actually “wiser” when the third molar erupts. Research has shown that the brain continues to develop until the age of 25 when it reaches full maturity. So, those Seventeenth Century dentists weren’t too far off the mark. The eruption of wisdom teeth signals a time of transitioning out of the carefree days of childhood and into the older, “wiser” years of adulthood.

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