Not an Eye Tooth but an Ear Tooth? Weird Dental Stories in the News

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A freakish accident can often be a kind of badge of honor for kids, something that earns them bragging rights. Here’s one a young Hongkonger can tell some lively stories about: A 10-year-old Primary Four student was wheeled in [to United Christian Hospital] with one of his teeth lodged in an ear. The boy, whose […]

EPA to Crack Down on Mercury Amalgam Waste

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010

AGrinberg/Flickr Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to propose a rule requiring all dentists to separate mercury from all amalgam waste – something currently recommended by the EPA but only required in 12 states and a handful of cities. The measure aims to reduce the amount of mercury entering […]

Monday Morning Funny: Mind the Gap

Posted on Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Onion asks, “What do you think” about the young woman who caused a diastema (a gap) between her front teeth by playing with her tongue stud.     “If you’re going to put something roundish and irritating on your tongue for that long, why not make it a microscopic pebble? At least you’ll eventually […]

Optimal Orthodontics

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010

Earlier this week, we received a media release about a series of “webinars” (a silly excuse for a word if ever there was one) being offered by a pair of partnering dental companies, CariFree, purveyor of dental hygiene products, and Six Month Smiles, purveyor of braces. Not being familiar with Six Month Smiles – and […]

Jaw Pain as a Sign of Heart Problems

Posted on Friday, August 6th, 2010

only alice/Flickr   There are a lot of dental reasons why your jaw might hurt. Some of the most common include TM joint disorders, misaligned teeth and clenching/grinding habits. Toothaches and infections can contribute to jaw pain, as well. But the jaw doesn’t exist in isolation from the body. Everything is connected in a singular […]

“Who Made the ADA the Authority in Dentistry?”

Posted on Friday, July 30th, 2010

Check out the American Dental Association’s mission statement: The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement; leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards. They also have a vision statement: The American Dental Association: The oral health […]

Monday WTH?!? Tooth Extraction Via Big Rig & Bumpy Road

Posted on Monday, July 26th, 2010

Maybe he got the idea from all the tooth pulling stunts on YouTube… A Kitchener truck driver is facing a careless driving charge but on the bright side, his tooth doesn’t hurt anymore. Lambton County OPP say they stopped a big rig driver doing some driving dentistry along Hwy. 402 on Wednesday. * * * […]

Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]

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