Monthly Archives: May 2011

Found: The Gene That Could Grow New Teeth

A breakthrough by scientists could see dentures bite the dust. Researchers have pinpointed the gene that governs the production of tooth enamel, raising the tantalising possibility of people one day growing extra teeth when needed. At the very least, it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Myths About Root Canals

People seem to cringe when they hear the words root canal. I know that I used to. But reading the truth about these 10 root canal myths can help you get a better sense of what having a root canal … Continue reading

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Vaccine for Tooth Decay

For most of the twentieth century, the only way dentists could treat cavities was to “drill and fill.” But what if cavities never formed to begin with, thanks to a vaccine painlessly squirted into the nostrils in the first few … Continue reading

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3 Surprising Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthful diet (with natural or added fluoride) protects teeth from decay and keeps the gums healthy. Read on to discover how to keep your smile safe and strong. Tooth decay (cavities and dental … Continue reading

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Mother’s Gum Disease Linked to Infants Death

Pregnant woman’s gingivitis caused baby to be stillborn, scientists say Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows. Expectant … Continue reading

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Why It’s so Hard to Tell Which Tooth Has the Ache

When it comes to a toothache, the brain doesn’t discriminate. A new imaging study shows that to the brain, a painful upper tooth feels a lot like a painful lower tooth. The results, which will be published in the journal … Continue reading

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Green Tea May Strengthen Your Teeth

Researchers suspect antimicrobial molecules contained within green tea helps preserve teeth (as long as you don’t add sugar). * People aged 40-64 who drank one cup of green tea a day were less likely to lose teeth. * Drinking unsweetened … Continue reading

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Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings

Could this new gel be the biggest dental breakthrough since the introduction of fluoride? Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, … Continue reading

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How to Stop Teeth Grinding

Roughly 20 percent of adults grind or clench their teeth to the point that they’re at risk for permanent tooth and jaw damage, dentists say. Here are tips for protecting your pearly whites: Recognize the symptoms. Those include flattened, worn … Continue reading

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