If I keep my wisdom teeth, am I more likely to have dental problems later?

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Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. The condition of your mouth changes over time. As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important so your dentist can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease and achieve optimal oral health.

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According to a study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, middle-aged people (ages 52 to 74) who kept their visible wisdom teeth were more likely to suffer from periodontal disease. Those who had them removed were 1.5 times less likely to have periodontal disease.

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