Wisdom teeth are third molars and people generally have three permanent molars in the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left areas of the mouth. The first molars “grow” at about age 6, the second around age 12 and the third around ages 18-20 – a maturation time when people are considered to be wiser, hence the name.

Recent research indicates that poor oral health can contribute to pre-term delivery and/or a low birth weight of the baby. Women should discuss oral health issues with their physician and/or dentist. Basic dental health concerns during pregnancy include:

  • Need for additional calcium
  • Important to ensure optimum oral health
  • Brushing and flossing more carefully and frequently

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call our office immediately.

Gently rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.

Never put aspirin or any other pain killer against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact our office.

If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end with a small cotton ball, beeswax or a piece of gauze until you can get to our office. If a wire gets stuck in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. Contact our office immediately. If an appliance becomes loose or a piece of it breaks off, contact our office.