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The Tooth Fairy Science of Bite Mark Comparisons

4 Mar 2021

The idea of using teeth to identify someone has a long history. One of the earliest recorded cases (and perhaps the very first one) dates back to the first century. The wife of Roman Emperor...

What is that smell when I get a root canal done?

8 Jan 2021

Undergoing a root canal procedure is not one of the great pleasures of life, but it is a highly effective technique for saving teeth. The idea is to remove the diseased pulp of a tooth and then...

Crustaceans have teeth in their stomach

12 Aug 2020

Believe it or not, lobsters, as well as other crustaceans such as crabs and crayfish, have teeth in their stomach! The teeth are part of a system called the “gastric mill.” Through rhythmic...

Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Dentistry

8 Jan 2020

As most dentists can attest, the mouth can be a scary place. Despite impassioned assurances from patients, we know that not all flossers are created equal. Lurking in this often-hostile environment...

Dentists can treat cavities without using a drill

12 Apr 2019

What if your dentist could apply a gel to your cavities (or dental caries) that would soften necrotic tissue but leave your healthy dentin alone, allowing the affected tooth tissue to simply be...

Is Dental Floss Toxic?

18 Jan 2019

A recently published paper in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology managed to create a great deal of public angst about using some types of dental floss. “This is the...

Beavers Have Metal Teeth

13 Jun 2018

I once broke my tooth on some toffee my mom made. Every time I see a beaver, I think of that day and wonder how they can gnaw on trees all day without chipping an incisor when I couldn’t even...

Pangolins Use Rocks in Lieu of Teeth

31 May 2018

Pangolins, or scaly anteaters, are amazing little mammals. There are eight species of them, and they are the only living creatures in their order of Pholidota. Spread throughout Asia and Africa,...

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