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GradShare 360 - Wisdom Teeth

I recently had all four of my wisdom teeth removed; luckily for me it wasn't as excruciating of an experience as others had described. It got me thinking about why these third molars are called "wisdom teeth." Once I found the reason for that name, it made me feel more unimaginative than wise, which serves as a reminder that a little bit of logic and thought can often yield an obvious answer. Seeing as how the teeth appear between age 15-25, they gained the name "teeth of wisdom" because this is when a an adolescent mentally matures. The name dates back to the seventeenth century, and recent studies have shown accurate correlations between when these teeth appear and the time period when the brain fully develops. Let's check out some grad school news:

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