Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. But why are they called wisdom teeth?
The answer may surprise you! Wisdom teeth got their name from an ancient belief that they only appeared once a person had reached adulthood and wisdom. Of course, we now know that this isn’t true – wisdom teeth can appear even in teenagers!
But the name has stuck, and wisdom teeth are still called that today. So next time someone asks you why your wisdom teeth are called that, you can tell them it’s because of an old belief about when they would first appear!