Why? The Navy dentists and oral surgeons are very skilled and recruits are treated well if they need to have any dental work performed in BC or after.
That's lovely lemon. To that I would say,
The Navy does a great job of preparing our sailors to be the very best. Does this mean they would send them into battle with no plan or strategy and just figure they are well trained enough for things to work themselves out?
Of course not.
Same thing with the wisdom teeth. Why not go in, having planned in advance for what can possibly go wrong? Boot Camp is not easy. Why enter it with one more thing that can possibly slow down your progress.
On the other hand, if they have to take pain meds when done beforehand, it could delay their ship date. And not everyone has great dental insurance. I say take it on a case by case basis, talk to the recruiter, and know if it has to be done in boot camp, they provide good work and a couple days in bed SIQ.
Obviously, if you can't afford it, that's a different issue. AND, typically you have plenty of time between enlisting and shipping out, so you can get clearance from your recruiter and get it done with plenty of time to heal.
Bottom line, I know a sailor who was sent home from Boot Camp due to an infection he got after having his teeth pulled there. I've never heard of anyone being sent home for having them pulled in advance. One less thing to deal with.
It's like saying, "why bother getting in shape before heading to Boot Camp? They have good RDC's who will help you do it when you get there.".