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Dental Hygiene

Worry wort

03/22/2004

Question:

I am scared to take my wisdom teeth out, but I think that food is going under my gums. Also I noticed a slight numbness at the tip of my tounge off and on. It could be just my imagination. I use to have a tounge ring, but I removed it 2 and a half years ago. Is this a result of that and if so whar is it?

Answer:

It would be best to schedule a consultation appointment with an oral surgeon who will let you know if they think you should have your wisdom teeth removed, and they can best advise you on the numbness at the tip of your tongue.

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Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University