Why do they call them wisdom teeth?
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There are a lot of things in the world that we don’t know the origins of, and “wisdom teeth” is one of them. Many people don’t even know why we have wisdom teeth in the first place. Today, we’re going to explore the history of wisdom teeth and try to figure out where the name came from.
Around 90% of people are reported to have wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, but why are they called wisdom teeth? The reason for this is because wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Once wisdom teeth start coming in, you can expect your chewing abilities to suffer temporarily. After all, having extra teeth and gums in your mouth is a sure way to make dental problems more likely to occur.
The term wisdom teeth is a misnomer. It was coined by the American Dental Association in the 1930s to help people understand that these teeth are not just regular teeth.
Wisdom teeth are so-called because they come in at an age when people are more likely than before to have developed some wisdom and experience, and thus be able to make better decisions about their health.