Wisdom Teeth Don’t Make You Smarter


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • molar: large teeth at the back of one’s mouth (top and bottom)
  • emerge: to appear; to come up from the surface
  • impacted: wedged below or between something (e.g., stuck between the jawbone and another tooth)
  • processed: mechanically changed or developed
  • evolution: the gradual development of people or things over a long period of time

Wisdom Teeth Don’t Make You Smarter

Do you have a third set of molars? In English, these molars are called your “wisdom teeth”. If you don’t have them, ! About 35% of people don’t have wisdom teeth. Their wisdom teeth may be impacted or they may not exist at all. The “wisdom teeth” comes from the age people usually are when these teeth . The age between 17-25 is sometimes referred to as “the age of wisdom”. The emerging of the third molars has nothing to do with your brain capacity, however. Wisdom teeth emerge when a person’s dental arch to hold more teeth. Some people never develop a large enough space in their mouths. Others only get one wisdom tooth. Many people have wisdom teeth removed due to pain or crowding. Evolution may also play a part in why some people don’t get wisdom teeth. With and processed food, humans don’t need as many teeth.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are the third molars known as “wisdom teeth”?
  2. Why don’t some people get wisdom teeth?
  3. Why does this report mention processed food?

Discussion Questions: Wisdom teeth contain stem cells. Do you think dental patients who have their wisdom teeth extracted should be given the option to preserve these teeth for the future? Would you be willing to pay for the long-term storage?

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