Most people develop wisdom teeth when they reach puberty. Wisdom teeth are the third set of teeth and last molars to emerge. They are referred to as wisdom teeth because they usually appear when transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are often very problematic and can cause serious oral complications. For this reason, most medical specialists recommend removing your wisdom teeth as soon as they emerge. Continue reading to know why we have wisdom teeth even though they are not useful.
Why We Have Wisdom Teeth
Centuries ago, our ancestors valued their wisdom teeth because their typical diets comprised chewy plants and uncooked meat. Therefore, the third set of molars was extremely vital. These last molars were the evolutionary response to the need to have chewing power and prevent other molars from excessive wear.
Currently, our eating habits have evolved, and we no longer have to eat rough and uncooked meat and chewy plants. With the advancing technology, we can cook food and crush tough plants and fruits with blenders to make chewing easy. Therefore, we do not need wisdom teeth to chew food and live normal, healthy lives. Furthermore, our ancestors had larger jaws that comfortably accommodated the extra set of molars.
Today, our jaws have continued to shrink, making it almost impossible for our mouths to accommodate the additional set of teeth. That’s why almost every adult experiences the problem of impacted wisdom teeth. Because of the limited space in your jaw, your wisdom teeth will most likely get trapped underneath your gum or emerge at the wrong angle, putting you at the risk of developing serious oral problems.
Even if your wisdom teeth are not painful or uncomfortable, they will still cause overcrowding in your mouth because they are either too large for your jaw or your jaw is just too small. Sadly, crowded teeth are hard to clean and floss, which exposes you to the risk of bacterial infections. Furthermore, wisdom teeth are hidden far back in your mouth, or they are stuck underneath the gum where an ordinary toothbrush cannot reach. Therefore, it’s easy for your wisdom teeth to trap food particles, which will cause plaque, oral cavities, and gum diseases.
So, although wisdom teeth were essential to our ancestors, we do not need them to enjoy our lives. They can quickly turn out to be the bane of your existence.