Wisdom teeth can be found all the way in the back of your mouth. They are the last molars to erupt and usually make their appearance in the late teen years or early 20s.
It is common for wisdom teeth to have to be extracted for one reason or another, whether they are causing an issue or as a proactive measure. But this isn’t always the case. So, if you still have wisdom teeth, you are going to need to take care of them.
The Importance of Cleaning Wisdom Teeth
There is no denying that wisdom teeth are hard to reach - especially if they are only partially erupted. As a result, they are often very susceptible to things like:
- Bone loss
- Impacted food
- Gum disease
It doesn’t matter how well you brush and floss your wisdom teeth, you will find that they are at risk. Caring for them as you do with your other teeth may not cut it. The reason for this is that bacteria and food debris can make their way around the teeth and under the gums. And it is easy to miss since it is so hard to reach.
What do you do? How can you clean your wisdom teeth?
How to Keep Wisdom Teeth Clean
Now that you understand the importance of caring for your wisdom teeth, let’s take a look at how you can successfully do so.
Brushing your teeth is best done with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You will want to invest in a toothbrush that is not too bulky to reach back that far. One with a small head is a great choice. Brush in a circular motion, making sure to get all sides and surface areas of the tooth. You will want to make brushing your teeth a priority at least twice per day.
Flossing is also a must. This can be done with regular floss - or a water flosser. Be sure that you don’t overlook these teeth. You should be flossing your teeth every day.
Routine dental cleanings are another crucial step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums - including your wisdom teeth. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and examination.
Your Lifestyle - And Your Wisdom Teeth
Believe it or not, your lifestyle plays a role in caring for your wisdom teeth as well. Diets high in sugar, for instance, can cause inflammation and lead to a greater chance of decay. Eating hard foods can put them at risk of cracking or breaking. And spending too much time stressed and not enough time caring for your health can have repercussions for your oral health, too.
Eat well, avoid hard foods, and reduce your stress. Your wisdom teeth will thank you.
Care for Wisdom Teeth at Rio Grande Oral Surgery
Despite your best efforts, you may encounter issues with your oral health as a result of these molars being so hard to reach. If your dentist recommends that your wisdom teeth be extracted, the team at Rio Grande Oral Surgery can help.