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My Daily Domestic Clips 12/17/2011 (a.m.)

  • I often wondered about the revolving door that is wisdom teeth removal.  Neither Mr. Pete or I had our wisdom teeth out because we couldn't afford it.  Our oldest two boys still have their wisdom teeth as well with no problems.  It seems silly to me to pull healthy teeth - Lord knows we will probably lose one or two in later life anyway!
    • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that young adults have their wisdom teeth removed to "prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing." But the science supporting prophylactic extraction is thin. 
       "Third-molar surgery is a multibillion-dollar industry that generates significant income for the dental profession," Jay Friedman, a retired California dentist, wrote in the American Journal of Public Health. "It is driven by misinformation and myths that have been exposed before but that continue to be promulgated by the profession." 
       American dentists and oral surgeons pull 10 million wisdom teeth each year -- an effort that costs more than $3 billion and leads to 11 million days of post-operative discomfort, according to the report. 
       "At least two thirds of these extractions, associated costs, and injuries are unnecessary, constituting a silent epidemic of [physician-induced] injury that afflicts tens of thousands of people with lifelong discomfort and disability," Friedman wrote.
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