Wisdom teeth removal is rarely necessary

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People are more likely to experience complications caused by having their wisdom teeth pulled than they are from keeping them in their head, according to several studies cited in this Fusion article by Rob Wile.

Indeed, Britain’s National Health Service now advises the following on wisdom teeth removal:

Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they’re impacted but aren’t causing any problems. This is because there’s no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.

Even if they’re impacted!

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Man chewed through police car seat belt so he wouldn't miss his kid's birthday

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Arrested for drugs, Lashon Stuckey, 33, chewed his way through a car seat belt so he could spend time with his son, who was celebrating his birthday. Stuckey was apprehended before he could be reunited with his son. Read the rest

Owner of John Lennon's tooth would like to clone the musician

Back in 2011, I posted that one of John Lennon's teeth was up for auction. Canadian dentist Michael Zuk bought the molar for approximately $34,000 and says he would eventually like to use it to clone Lennon and raise him as his own son.

"He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing," Zuk said.

Zuk has all kinds of other plans involving the tooth, including a DNA pendant, fine art photos, a documentary film, charity fundraising... It goes on and on over at JohnLennonTooth.com. (NME) Read the rest

Woman bites car during argument with driver

Rhian Jeremiah, 26 of Cardigan, Wales caused $360 worth of damage to a Fiat 500 when she bit into the roof during an argument with the driver. Jeremiah had allegedly gotten drunk at a memorial for her boyfriend before the incident occurred. "There was a bit of an argument and she sunk her teeth into the part of the car above the window," the car's owner Selina Day said in court. "I could hear metal crunching." According to the BBC News though, Jeremiah's defense attorney argued that the situation was "'not quite like' the scene involving the character Jaws in a James Bond film." Read the rest

Shane MacGowan seeks dentist

The Pogues' Shane MacGowan is seeking a dentist to fix his famously bad teeth. In exchange, he has offered to appear in advertising for the dentist. "Shane is keen to find a dentist, so he can start in Hollywood film," MacGowan's girlfriend, Victoria Mary Clarke, posted to Twitter. MacGowan had dentures but apparently prefers not to wear them. (NME) Read the rest