Wisdom teeth are the teeth that emerge in the very back of the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 18 and 26.
Some have all four wisdom teeth, others have less. Sometimes they stay in the bone and don’t emerge. Some people are born without wisdom teeth.
A wisdom tooth can cause trouble by growing in the wrong direction, thereby harming the next tooth. If it emerges slowly it can be partially covered by gum tissue, which makes cleaning more difficult. When bacteria build up around the tooth, inflammation and swelling can occur.
If the problems are recurrent or if the wisdom tooth is at risk of damaging the adjacent tooth, removing the wisdom tooth may be considered. If you experience pain in or around a wisdom tooth, you should contact your dentist.
Oral hygiene advice
It can be difficult to reach the wisdom teeth with a regular toothbrush. To make cleaning easier you may use a single tufted special brush, for example TePe Compact Tuft, with a small brush head and angled neck.