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Toddler Dies Following Dental Procedure

Dental staff couldn't get Marvelena Rady to wake up

(Newser) - A California family is "devastated" after a 3-year-old girl died Saturday following a dental procedure in San Ramon, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , staff at Dentalbliss called 911 when they were unable to get Marvelena Rady to wake up following a procedure. She... More »

New Fillings Can Repair Teeth From the Inside

They stimulate stem cells to regrow dentin: scientists

(Newser) - Imagine a world without root canals. It's possible with what the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry calls "a new paradigm for dental treatments." Scientists at Nottingham and Harvard universities say they've developed dental fillings that stimulate stem cells to regrow and heal damaged teeth. Researcher... More »

'Horror Dentist' Learns His Fate

Jacobus van Nierop sentenced to 8 years in jail

(Newser) - France's " horror dentist " won't get close to a patient's teeth again. Dutchman Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was convicted of aggravated assault and fraud in the French town of Nevers on Tuesday, banned from practicing dentistry, sentenced to eight years in jail, and fined $11,900,... More »

Cops: Dental Hygienist Hired Felon to Kill Popular Dentist

The dentist had been dating her ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - Police say a dental hygienist planned and commissioned the murder of a popular Dallas dentist last month, the New York Daily News reports. "It was a murder for hire," Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 33-year-old Brenda Delgado, who... More »

Tooth Reveals Earliest Known Visit to Dentist

About 14K years ago in Italy

(Newser) - Prehistoric man got cavities, too, and just like us, they had to go to the dentist. Researchers studying a 14,000-year-old infected molar say someone tried to clean it with flint tools—a discovery that amounts to the first known evidence of dentistry, reports Atlas Obscura . The patient was a... More »

Dentist Under Fire for Restraining Kids—Legally

The device is called a 'papoose board'

(Newser) - When James Crow took his 5-year-old daughter Elizabeth to Smiles R Us in Carrolton, Georgia, he didn't expect to leave so shaken. But he tells WSB-TV that after he and his mother were told they couldn't be with Elizabeth while her tooth was being pulled, they heard shouting... More »

27% of Adults Lie About Flossing

And your dentist knows

(Newser) - When dentists ask if we've been flossing our teeth, 27% of us lie, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Periodontology. But, as NPR notes, your dentist can tell whether you're telling the truth on this particular matter—and the two dental health professionals it... More »

Soon, Your Cavities May Fill Themselves

Scientists discover replacement for fillings

(Newser) - What if instead of having a dentist drill and fill your cavities, you could have your teeth painlessly heal themselves? A team of scientists says it has developed a technique that does precisely that, the Guardian reports. The process, called "Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization," uses a tiny... More »

Pentagon Working on 'Combat Gum' for Soldiers

... to cut down on costly dental problems

(Newser) - War is hell, and trying to fight one with a toothache is even worse, which brings us to ... Combat Gum. This is a real product being developed by the Army—gum that soldiers in the field can chew to kill disease-carrying bacteria and ward off expensive dental problems, reports the... More »

Soda as Bad for Your Teeth as Meth

Study found "almost identical" tooth damage in one case

(Newser) - A severe soda addiction can be as terrible for your teeth as a meth or crack habit, according to a case study in General Dentistry spotted by NPR . Study author Mohamed Bassiouny says he noticed the frightening similarities during his 20 years treating dental patients at Philadelphia and Appalachia clinics.... More »

60 of Disgraced Dentist's Patients Have Hepatitis

Just 3,122 of 7K patients tested so far

(Newser) - An investigation into an Oklahoma dentist accused of major health violations at his clinic for years has turned up at least 60 patients with hepatitis, reports ABC News . More than 7,000 former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington were sent warning letters in March that Harrington had regularly re-used... More »

7K Patients of Dentist Told to Get Tested for HIV

Tulsa health officials find health violations at office

(Newser) - About 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist are being urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after investigators discovered that instruments weren't properly cleaned—even though the dentist knew several of his patients carried infectious diseases. Dr. W. Scott Harrington has voluntarily closed his practice and is... More »

Coming Soon: Replacement Tooth Enamel

Ultra-thin coating in the works in Japan

(Newser) - Sensitive teeth may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists in Japan have created a super-thin film they hope will be able to cover our teeth, reports the AFP . It's made from hydroxyapatite, a key mineral in tooth enamel. "Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was... More »

New Molecule Can Cavity-Proof Your Teeth

Researchers hope to add it to toothpaste, mouthwash

(Newser) - Say goodbye to cavities: Two researchers have discovered a new molecule that can kill cavity-producing bacteria and even make your teeth cavity-proof for hours, just by staying in your mouth for a full minute. The scientists named the molecule Keep 32, after the 32 teeth humans have, and they say... More »

In Florida, Get Limo Rides, Botox, Booze at ... Dentist

Or get a massage with your teeth cleaning

(Newser) - Who said going to the dentist had to be boring and/or terrifying? A dental office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has turned getting your teeth inspected into a luxurious event, complete with champagne, massages, and a personal concierge who will make you limo and dinner reservations, reports the Sun Sentinel . Dr.... More »

Dentists See Rising Tooth Decay in Preschoolers

Cavities on the rise, along with anesthesia use: NYT

(Newser) - Gone are the days of visiting the kiddie dentist as a tot to get a cavity or two filled: These days, an increasing number of preschoolers are getting knocked out with general anesthesia so dentists can fix extensive problems, in procedures that cost parents anywhere from $2,000 to $5,... More »

Dentist Sentenced for Operating With Paper Clips

Michael Clair given a year in Massachusetts prison

(Newser) - A former dentist who used paper clips instead of steel posts in root canal surgery was sentenced today to a year in prison and five years' probation, The Herald reports. Dr. Michael Clair pleaded guilty in Fall River, Mass., to a slew of other charges, including witness intimidation, assault and... More »

Dentist Used Paper Clips —in Root Canals

Michael Clair also charged with Medicaid fraud

(Newser) - Paper clips and stainless steel posts: Basically the same thing, right? A former Massachusetts dentist has pleaded guilty to a host of charges, including the accusation that he used parts of paper clips rather than stainless steel posts to support root canals in an attempt to save money. Michael Clair'... More »

The Surgical Secret Behind Kate's Smile

A French dentist tweaks smiles in 'imperfect' way

(Newser) - If Kate Middleton's smile seems white but not flashy, pretty but not perfect—you guessed it, she paid for it to look that way. The Duchess of Cambridge had her teeth whitened and "rotated" by French dentist Didier Fillion, who specializes in enhancing smiles without making them look... More »

Dentist Buys John Lennon's Tooth for $30K

Singer gave 'souvenir' to housekeeper

(Newser) - Almost straight from a rock legend's mouth, one of John Lennon's teeth has been sold at a British auction for $30,000 to—who else?—a dentist. "Some people will think it's gross, others will be fascinated by it," said Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who... More »

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