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Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

As many folks know, the last adult teeth to come in are the four third molars, wayyyyy in the back corners of the upper and lower jaws. They generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. But why are they called “wisdom teeth”? Well, the Tung Brush and Gel team loves providing you with “fun facts” in addition to health and hygiene tips At some point in the seventeenth century, people started to call third molars “teeth of wisdom”, and then more commonly “wisdom teeth” two hundred years later. The theory is that since the teeth didn’t come in...

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Nix the Nail Biting!

Nix the Nail Biting!

Remember when you were little and your mom told you to stop biting your nails? She probably wanted you to stop because your little hands were dirty and she thought you were contaminating your mouth with everything you contacted during the day – after all, like most kids, you probably weren’t the best at washing your hands. Then, when you were a little older, people would start to notice your hands, maybe even on a date, and were turned off by the sight of stubby, ragged nails.  But there was another reason you should have listened to your mom, boys...

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Do Men Have More Oral Hygiene Issues?

Do Men Have More Oral Hygiene Issues?

As most women know, men are the last humans on earth to be willing to submit to any health examinations. In fact, many wives have said that if their husbands tell them they need to see a doctor the wives can safely assume that the men are knocking on death’s door. This holds true for men being inconsistent patients in the dentist’s office as well, which is why statistics show that visits are often made purely if a problem has arisen or if there is sufficient pain that prompts the need for an oral examination. The difference in how men...

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Moist, Phlegm, and Other Words that Repel

Moist, Phlegm, and Other Words that Repel

Did you ever just HEAR a word and get that ‘yuck” sensation?  It is amazing how just the sound of certain words can make us queasy. Sometimes they conjure up an image, sometimes a scent, often a bodily function or habit – but the power of words to repel us, often known as “word aversion”, is remarkably strong. Just think about it. You are having a conversation with a friend and he tells you he hasn’t been feeling well and has been producing a lot of phlegm. You find yourself retching, right? Just the sound of the word produces an...

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The Grind of Teeth Grinding

The Grind of Teeth Grinding

Do you BRUX? During the day or at night? No, bruxism isn’t a new type of meditation or exercise, but, rather, the technical name for grinding teeth. You may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism). If you grind your teeth at night, it is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and may accompany other sleep disorders such as snoring. Sometimes grinding your teeth is not a major problem and needs no treatment, but at times it can be so severe as to lead to tooth damage, disorders of the jaw...

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