Wisdom teeth are the hardest set of teeth to clean thanks to their location at the back of the mouth. Also known as the third set of molars, they erupt around the ages of 17 to 25. Wisdom teeth have a higher risk of developing issues as they erupt since there might not be enough space left on the jaw at that point.
Keeping wisdom teeth clean
Wisdom teeth being harder to reach makes them more susceptible to tooth decay. Plaque and bacteria are more likely to accumulate on them since they are not getting brushed or flossed as well as other teeth. Using mouthwash provides additional protection for wisdom teeth since it removes some of the plaque and bacteria that is left over after brushing.
Wisdom teeth might be harder to clean and more vulnerable to decay, but cleaning them properly daily can keep them healthy over an entire lifetime. People who learn how to properly clean their wisdom teeth can keep them just as healthy as their other teeth. The key to keeping wisdom teeth healthy is brushing them diligently twice a day, flossing them daily, and using a therapeutic mouthwash to protect against tooth decay.
Here are some tips that will make doing that easier:
- Use the right-sized toothbrush: Cleaning wisdom teeth with a toothbrush with a large head is quite the challenge. Toothbrushes with smaller heads are much better at reaching the back of the mouth, and their flexible bristles clean teeth surfaces. Also, select a toothbrush that is easy to handle. You will have to maneuver it around a lot as the wisdom teeth are being cleaned
- Consider using an electric toothbrush: A manual toothbrush can be just as effective at cleaning teeth as an electric one when proper brushing techniques are used. However, many people have a hard time navigating around their wisdom teeth and an electric toothbrush can do all the work for them. Electric toothbrushes also give the gums healthy stimulation, which can help with impacted wisdom teeth
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash: Cosmetic mouthwashes do not provide long-term benefits but therapeutic ones do. These mouthwashes can be used to protect teeth against tooth decay, prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, re-mineralize teeth, and reduce the bacteria in the mouth. Swishing mouthwash around the mouth coats wisdom teeth with its ingredients just as well as it coats the other teeth
- Get regular teeth cleanings: Teeth cleanings go a long way when it comes to protecting teeth from tooth decay. It involves removing tartar and plaque from teeth surfaces. Tartar houses bacteria and the acids they produce. It is calcified plaque so it cannot be removed by brushing. Dentists remove it using metal tools called scalers. They also perform routine examinations during these treatments, so developing problems are detected early
Good oral hygiene keeps wisdom teeth healthy
Contact our Parker clinic today to learn more about how to keep your wisdom teeth clean and healthy. Doing so might allow you to keep them for a long time.
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