Wisdom Teeth & What Products Are Recommended for Cleaning WAY Back There
Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, will start to make an appearance between the ages of 17 and 21. These are commonly known as wisdom teeth, because they come through at a later age. Some people get all four, others only a couple, and yet others never get any of their wisdom teeth.
When there is enough room and they come into the mouth correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It is important to have a dental professional evaluate your wisdom teeth, as they can cause future concerns even if they aren’t bothering you now.
When would you need to have your wisdom teeth removed (ADA, 2023)?
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
Before deciding to remove your wisdom teeth, a dental professional will take an x-ray and complete an exam. You can then discuss the course of treatment with your dentist.
How do you clean wisdom teeth?
- Brush twice a day and clean between the teeth once a day.
- Consider the need for a specially designed brush for hard-to-reach areas. Perhaps your wisdom tooth is not fully out of the gums, and food can get trapped easily. You would then need a single tufted brush to access this area.
- If gum tissue is irritated, consider using an antimicrobial mouth rinse or a saltwater rinse.
- Don’t forget to regularly visit your dental professional. Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored by a dental professional.
TePe Products Designed for Cleaning your Wisdom Teeth
- TePe Compact Tuft™: The domed tuft is suitable for cleaning wisdom teeth. When using on the top of the tooth, hold the brush tip at a 90-degree angle towards the biting surface of the tooth. Move the brush tip gently with small, circular movements. This will clean the grooves and help prevent cavities. This works for emerging teeth or partially erupted teeth.
- TePe Interspace™: The tapered brush tip is ideal for cleaning hard-to-reach areas. When using on the top of the tooth, sweep along the grooves. For teeth that are only partially showing, sweep the brush gently along the tissue.
- TePe Supreme™ Compact: The TePe Supreme™ Compact toothbrush has an innovative bristle design, along with a tapered brush head. Choosing a compact brush head can help with accessibility for those hard-to-reach areas. The multi-level bristles enable more efficient cleaning further in between the teeth and along the gumline with the longer bristles. The tapered brush head allows access to reach the back teeth. The toothbrush neck can be angled without heating.