I respect what you're saying, I based my statement on what the Dental clinic here in Misawa (Air Force base that we're stationed at) told us, and what the Dental clinic in Yokosuka (the Navy base where our son's recruiter was stationed, and where he did his MEPS processing) said as well. Both clinics said that they have basically implemented a policy of pulling the wisdom teeth to prevent any complications later, especially since, given the nature of military service, these complications could develop in less than optimal treatment conditions.
This is what the military dentists and dental techs told us, and this is the experience that our son had, his wisdom teeth were pulled. It could be different for others, but this was our experience, and what we were told, and that's what I based my answer on.
My son went into BC last year with his wisdom teeth and still has them today. Some in his ship had them pulled; he did not. I only heard good reports from the parents of the SRs that had their's pulled during BC.
Just to add to the comments...lol....I was in the Navy in 1988 and I had my wisdom teeth pulled before I went to the fleet. I was stationed on Shore Duty as my first assignment (lucky me..i thought LOL) and I was at a Shore Intermediate Maintenance Facility....I got injured on a ship and was medically discharged...before my discharge was complete, I got orders to a ship....and they pulled my wisdom teeth before I got out even though I was being discharged...LOL...but I can say that Navy Dentists KNOW what they are doing...they pulled all 4 of mine and I had no problems....My son just got out of BC and they pulled 2 of his in BC...he said it was a pain, but he got 2 days of Study in Quarters from it and it worked out pretty good. No One knows fore sure what is going to happen and who will get theirs pulled at BC or A school...but the Navy Dentists there know what they are looking for and if they pull them, there is a reason....I wouldn't waste your money having it done before hand...Let the Navy take care of your Sailor....they will for the next 4 years at least anyways....
Just my thoughts on the matter...LOL
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Heck, what the parents should do is say "son, my portion of the dental payment is X dollars. If you chose to get you wisdom teeth out in boot camp I will just give you this money OR we can get them out now and the dentist will get the money...your choice".
We've all got to remember, these future sailors are now adults. If they happen to goes to Afghanistan they might have to chose whether to save or take a life. I think now is the time to let them choose what they want to do. They have earned it.
I do agree that ultimately it is his decision, and he is 18 already. His reasons for doing it prior are different than mine.
I told him he has to decide and let me know. Of course if he had his way, he would be leaving already! He is SO ready to go and can't wait til Sept.
Craig, you may be right, let the future sailor decide.
In my case, from the advice of my son's recruiter, he wanted it done before he left home. It was a heck of a lot cheaper than three more years of college.
My son has to have 2 wisdom teeth pulled and we knew about it before he enlisted. His recruiter left the decision up to him, as did I because he is an adult as much as I sometimes don't want him to be. He isn't particularly fond of needles, drs, dentists, etc and decided to leave it up to the Navy. His recruiter told him he would get a few days off during BC and that it wouldn't delay is PIR. Now, having said that, I won't know for sure until he can talk to me and about his PIR date, well, again, I'm in the waiting mode. I trust the Navy to take care of him but of course, not as well as Mom can :) He had a great recruiter that we all trusted so I am being trusting...