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Be Wise with Wisdom Teeth
Your last teeth to come in, known most commonly as your wisdom teeth, are your third molars. They have been referred to as the "teeth of wisdom" since the Seventeenth Century. Since these late molars usually appear between the ages of 17-25, you are thought to be "wiser" than when your other teeth erupted and have entered adulthood.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the teeth farthest back in your jaw. For some people, they only experience a partial eruption of the wisdom teeth or they may not erupt at all. Unerupted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause problems with neighboring teeth and gums. Teeth that have not erupted through the surface of the gum are often referred to as "impacted". This means that they are being forced against neighboring teeth or bone preventing them from coming into the mouth in the correct biting position. Since they are the last teeth to come in, space is most likely very limited.

When wisdom teeth are trapped below the gum line and pushing against neighboring teeth, these molars can cause problems such as infections, cysts, or gum disease. This may cause damage to the roots of important permanent teeth.

The best time to remove wisdom teeth is before they cause problems. By the time the tooth develops painful symptoms, significant damage to nearby teeth may have already occurred. Removing wisdom teeth should be discussed with your dentist.
Go Electric - Toothbrush
The basics of good oral hygiene is proper brushing and flossing. The purpose of brushing and flossing is to remove plaque causing bacteria from your teeth everyday. Your toothbrush is the tool you use to remove plaque and you want the best tool for the job. Research as proven that an electric tooth brush is the best choice.

1.  Electric toothbrushes calibrate the ideal brushing time (2 min) and may have pressure sensors that prevent damage to gum tissue.
2.  Electric toothbrush bristles rotate in a circular motion ( the most effective brushing technique for plaque removal)
3.  Research has proven when used properly electric toothbrushes remove plaque more effectively.
4.  An electric toothbrush does the job for you.

The point of brushing is a clean, health mouth each and every time. Choose the best tool for the job and brushing will not only be easier but more effective.

Why The Tooth Fairy?
February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day! All over the world today, the traditions and legends of the Tooth Fairy are carried out. But where did this legend begin?

Mythical legends and stories have been shared for hundred of years about the loss of baby teeth. The Vikings believed that baby teeth held magical powers that would help them fight in battles. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and use them to string on to battle necklaces and jewelry.

Over time, people began to share a story about a Tooth Mouse who would scurry around taking children's teeth at night. The story of the mouse transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy who would fly around leaving small treasures in exchange for baby teeth.

Parents encourage this tradition as a useful practice for young children because it gives them something to look forward to when baby teeth fall out. Children can look forward to approximately 20 visits from the Tooth Fairy between the ages of 6 and 12.

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