As teens get older, they have a variety of milestones to look forward to, whether it’s preparing for a driving exam, sending in college applications, or moving on to another exciting adventure. However, you should keep in mind an oral health milestone too: wisdom teeth. A strong, confident smile is an important asset to take with you into adulthood and staying aware of possible risks like pericoronitis while third morals are erupting is important.
What is pericoronitis?
Pericoronitis is the inflammation and infection of tissue surrounding a partially erupted wisdom tooth or teeth, and it’s more common in the lower jaw. Partially impacted molars often have a flap of gum tissue covering the crown of the erupting tooth and this tissue can get food stuck under the gum flap or other debris. This creates a possible breeding ground for bacteria, causing pericoronitis to develop.