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Though toothpaste as we know it today is only about a century old, dental hygiene has long concerned human beings. The ancient Greeks and Romans cleaned their teeth with abrasive mixtures using crushed bones and oyster shells, a far cry from the hydrogen peroxide-and-baking soda formulas of the 19th century. In 1892, American dentist Washington Sheffield became the first to sell toothpaste in a tube—today the standard in toothpaste packaging. What had inspired him to package it like that? More… Discuss

Laser Procedure Stimulates Tooth Tissue Growth

Laser Procedure Stimulates Tooth Tissue Growth

Lasers could someday be used to help repair teeth. Researchers were able to stimulate new dentin growth in the teeth of mice and rats after just a single dose of laser therapy. Dentin is the bonelike tissue surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth and comprising the bulk of the tooth. This sort of procedure could not regenerate an entire tooth—it cannot rebuild enamel, the protective outer layer of tooth material, nor can it stimulate dentin regrowth if the pulp is necrotic—but it could, in some cases, allow people to avoid painful root canal procedures. More… Discuss

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Six Seconds to Minty Freshness

Would you like to have a few spare minutes in themorning? If so, the new Blizzident toothbrush might be right for you. Instead of spending minutes brushing your teeth, you could have perfectly clean pearly whites in seconds. The key, apparently, is brushing all the teeth at once. This is accomplished using a custom-made brush created to precisely fit the user’s teeth. One simply bites down on and grinds against the Blizzident, and in six seconds the device’s hundreds of bristles supposedly scrub the teeth, gum line, and interdental spaces clean. According to its makers, six seconds of Blizzident use is equivalent to three minutes of conventional brushing.More… Discuss


Gone Are the Days of a Quarter a Tooth

The tooth fairy seems to have lost her head in recent years, spending wildly to expand her collection of baby teeth. A study by financial services company Visa finds that the going rate for a tooth in the US these days is $3.70 on average, well above the quarter many of us remember finding under our pillows. Some kids get even more. Six percent of tooth fairy representatives—otherwise known as parents—shell out $20 per tooth, while two percent leave an outrageous $50 or more. Has the tooth fairy gone too far, or is this just the cost ofinflationMore… Discuss