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If you are between 17 and 25 years old, you may want to start thinking about getting your wisdom teeth removed. These teeth come in during the “age of wisdom” and often require removal because the mouth isn’t large enough to hold them. However, some people’s wisdom teeth erupt without problem. Do they still need removal?

Your dentist will determine when and if your wisdom teeth require removal. Since these teeth normally can’t fit in the mouth, they often remain impacted under the gum line or only erupt partially. This can cause oral health problems such as:

  • Infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Cysts
  • Tumors

However, some people may not require the removal of their wisdom teeth. If these teeth erupt fully, are healthy, can be cleaned well, and do not cause problems with your bite, then your dentist may suggest leaving them in the mouth. Though your must remember to brush and floss your wisdom teeth religiously since they are more susceptible to decay. Additionally, schedule regular check-ups with your dentist so they can keep an eye on the health of these teeth.