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Children’s Dental Health Month – Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth are a set of four adult teeth located in the back corners of the mouth. Teens should be evaluated to have their Wisdom Teeth removed by a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Failure to remove Wisdom Teeth in a timely manner can lead to greater risk for tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and formation of jaw cysts or tumors. Even when Wisdom Teeth grow into the mouth, their far location can make it very difficult to care for. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to bacterial invasion and create health issues later in life. Lastly, teenagers recovering from surgery tend to heal faster and have a smoother recovery than if the teeth were left for later removal as adults.