Going under the knife to get your wisdom teeth taken out has become something of a rite of passage. It means you've reached the ripe old age of 17–25 (a young adult!), the time when this third set of molars starts coming in. Most of us in the U.S. and Australia have been there to offer advice and tips to our friends and family who are themselves about to get those stubborn chompers yanked out. Welp, turns out all that pain could've been avoided. There is mounting evidence that getting your wisdom teeth removed, in most cases, is totally unnecessary.
The Tooth Hurts
Root of the Problem
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Before forks and knives, they were quite helpful.
Why Don't We Need Our Wisdom Teeth Anymore?
We once needed them. But just because we no longer need them doesn't mean we need them extracted.
Why Is Fluoride Good for Teeth?
This naturally occurring mineral helps prevent cavities.
Written by Curiosity Staff November 11, 2016
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