You have to excuse me if I sound less scientific today. This was my reaction when I read this health news:
Young adults in their 20s and 30s who can't part with their third molars (a.k.a., wisdom teeth) may be at risk for chronic oral inflammation, increasing the risk of inflammation in other areas of the body as well.
This study shows that the wisdom teeth are "an area of potential chronic inflammation with little continuing observation or actually early recognition," Dr. Robert S. Glickman from New York University College of Dentistry who was not affiliated with the study told Reuters Health.
The primary health concern with wisdom teeth is infection, just like with the other teeth, Glickman explained. However, because of the unique location --- in the back of the jaws --- infection in the third molar region can spread down the neck in the lower jaw to the sinuses or up the neck from the upper jaw to the brain.
[reuters Health, Sept 23 2005]
It sounds alarming but no, thank you, doctors. My molars are just a-ok. They're neither infected nor impacted.
How about you, dear readers? What did your dentist tell you?