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Rogue Dentistís 30-Year Crusade Against Wisdom Teeth Removal Extracts Results
Yahoo News ^ | Mon, Dec 3, 2012 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 12/04/2012 9:41:47 PM PST by nickcarraway

Dr. Jay Friedman relishes his role as dental outcast. Like a pesky younger brother who enjoys watching his siblings squirm, the 86-year-old dentist and public health advocate has for decades been poking and prodding at the oral health community over his personal obsession: wisdom teeth.

Friedman has argued for more than 30 years that removing a young person's healthy wisdom teeth -- called "third molars" by professionals -- is an unnecessary and irresponsible practice. While many dentists and oral surgeons have dismissed him as a traitor and a zealot, in 2007, people in the public health arena began to listen.

That's when Friedman published an article in the American Journal of Public Health claiming at least two-thirds of the millions of wisdom teeth extracted each year at a cost of billions of dollars were removed for no good reason. In pointed terms, Friedman accused his colleagues of ignoring the lack of evidence supporting the need for such surgery in order to line their own pockets.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: dentistry; health; medicine
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1 posted on 12/04/2012 9:41:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

58 years and I have all of mine. Better than all my other molars and my dentist constantly wants to remove one. No, I say it still works.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 9:52:32 PM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, I had two coming in horizontal, and two coming in at 45 degree angles. Had no room in my jaw for a third set, they’d have been pushing my other teeth forward and that would have been a mess.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 9:53:00 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: nickcarraway

Guy is a crackpot.

Had my Wisdom Teeth not been cut out I would have the smile of a typical Englishman.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 10:02:31 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: F15Eagle

I knew it!!!!!

I didn’t need to klick it bit did.

Several friends use that joke in various forms.

Anti denteye?


6 posted on 12/04/2012 10:04:52 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

I figured if my wisdom teeth behaved themselves, they could stay. Decades have passed and so far, so good.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 10:07:40 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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Does Jimmy like posting?


9 posted on 12/04/2012 10:13:32 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: nickcarraway

My last day in the Navy I was checking out at various departments and when I got to the dentist I told him I had one more wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled. And believe me, it needed to be pulled. I wanted him to pull it so I wouldn’t have to pay a civilian dentist down the road. Well, the novacain didn’t work. For some reason it simply had no effect on me. I told him to pull it anyway. He had to break in two to get it out. And believe me, before he was halfway through I regretted my decision but it was too late to stop. Not something I’d do again.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 10:14:49 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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I had mine out and suddenly became a liberal.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 10:22:29 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I had the same problem and when I mentioned that my 45 degree wisdom teeth scraped my cheeks inside of my mouth, my military dentist at that moment, promptly removed them with no warning.

He said, "Let me take a look, crack ... snap."

What did you do?! "I pulled it; let me get the other one, crack - pop." I went back to duty with no rigmarole.

I kept the two uppers and the only thing I have noted through the many years is that they hang halfway over the lower molars. No dentist has ever wanted to pull them.

13 posted on 12/04/2012 10:22:34 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: F15Eagle

I had no appreciation for Jewish humor until I lived on the East Coast for 4 years and it seemed 1/2 my friends were Jewish.

Before that I never got Seinfeld. Now I watch reruns and theyze always heelarryus.

Soup Nazi, two face, Elaine’s dancing( which I mimic when my lame and danced distressed friends attempt to dance) are just too damn funny.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 10:25:54 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: F15Eagle

Right now I’m watching the Ken Burns documentary of WWII.

I don’t u understand how the world could have done that....

Our response was necessary ....


15 posted on 12/04/2012 10:28:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Watching how American of Japanese descent were rounded up and interred.

Disgusting...


16 posted on 12/04/2012 10:29:42 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Is there a connection between the collective loss of wisdom teeth and our collective loss of wisdom ?


17 posted on 12/04/2012 10:59:06 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: nickcarraway
My mother still has hers. When the neurologist who claimed to have read her cat scans 'missed' them, it tipped her off that he hadn't looked at the scans. She fired him and got a more competent doctor.

Mine came in angled to destroy my cheeks, and are a memory.

18 posted on 12/04/2012 11:14:24 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: nickcarraway

I had an extra set of wisdom teeth that never came thru my gums. They used to get infected about every 6 months and I finally had a enough of it in my 20’s and had them removed. Haven’t had any infections since them.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 11:17:31 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: nickcarraway
[Insert my anecdotal story associated with wisdom teeth here]...
and so therefore the doctor is:

A) a maverick genius
or
B) a dangerous whackjob

20 posted on 12/04/2012 11:24:03 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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