teeth

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Parents Warned to Avoid This Type of Baby Teething Product

FDA says homeopathic tablets, gels may cause medical issues in babies

(Newser) - New parents will do almost anything to relieve their little ones' teething pain—but one thing the FDA says they shouldn't do is give their babies homeopathic teething products, Live Science reports. In a Sept. 30 statement , the FDA warns these "natural" tablets and gels found in some... 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 »

Never Floss? You're Not Alone

32% of US adults don't either, says CDC study

(Newser) - If you never floss your teeth, you're in good company among a third of US adults. CDC researchers looked at data on more than 9,000 Americans aged 30 and over about the number of days in which they flossed during the previous week. In news that probably won'... More »

Woman Dies in Parking Lot After Dentist Pulls 16 Teeth

April Walters had several health problems but had been cleared for procedure

(Newser) - She was sick with several chronic conditions, but 46-year-old April Walters of Michigan had been cleared to have 18 teeth pulled last week. Now her family is looking for answers after she died in the parking lot of the dentist's office following the procedure. Walters suffered from sarcoidosis, asthma,... More »

Sharks May Help Make Human Tooth Loss History

Scientists figure out how sharks keep regenerating their teeth

(Newser) - Good news for soda lovers: Scientists appear to be one step closer to being able to regenerate teeth in humans. A study in Developmental Biology explains how sharks and other marine life are able to regrow teeth continuously throughout their lives. Until now, that process had been "poorly understood... More »

Dentists Have Some Bad News About Fizzy Water

Put down that La Croix and read this

(Newser) - Desk jockeys are more and more often turning to La Croix, Perrier, and club soda to get through the work day, the Atlantic reports. In fact, sparkling water sales have doubled in the past five years. "For me, rock bottom was a recent, obscenely long workday during which an... More »

In Some Ways, Americans' Teeth Worse Than Brits'

We're missing more of our chompers, study finds

(Newser) - A Washington Post article features a giant image of Austin Powers and a reminder of his "grotesquely discolored grin." It's evidence, of course, of how awful English teeth are, especially as compared with Americans' pearly whites. Except, as a new study published Wednesday in the BMJ finds,... More »

Sugar-Free Drinks Also Bad for Your Teeth

Acids in many drinks still cause tooth decay

(Newser) - Worried about tooth decay? Switching to sugar-free drinks won't save you from the acids that destroy enamel and wear down tissues in your teeth, a new study says. Researchers at the University of Melbourne reached this conclusion by having people drink sugar and sugar-free drinks, and found little difference... More »

NC Beach Awash in Teeth From Bus-Sized Shark

The six-inch teeth suggest a 60-foot prehistoric giant

(Newser) - In recent days, beachgoers in North Topsail Beach and Surf City in North Carolina have been stumbling upon some rare teeth—some the size of an adult hand—which belonged to a supersized prehistoric shark called a megalodon. Aurora Fossil Museum experts say Hurricane Joaquin likely dredged up the previously... More »

Surprise Find: Pompeii Residents Had 'Perfect Teeth'

Also, study suggests many died from head injuries, not suffocation

(Newser) - High-tech scans of Pompeii residents killed in the long-ago eruption of Mount Vesuvius have provided two revelations: They had amazing teeth, and many were killed by falling masonry and other objects—as opposed to the widely held theory that they were suffocated by ash. As for the first: Thank a... More »

T. Rex Had Vicious Teeth, the Better to Shred You With

This feature is only seen in the Komodo dragon today

(Newser) - The Komodo dragon is the only known creature on the planet today to boast teeth that are serrated, like a jagged-edged steak knife. But now researchers have discovered that the mighty T. rex not only sported serrated teeth, but also secret folds hidden toward the bottom of those teeth that... 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 »

Girl's Teeth So Decayed Her Life Was in Danger: Cops

But her dad wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the case

(Newser) - Kenneth Wanamaker Jr.'s 6-year-old daughter's teeth were so infected last year that, police and a dentist say, her life was in danger. According to the dentist, who called it "frightening" and testified that it was "the worst case of dental disease" he'd ever seen,... More »

US Recommends Less Fluoride in Our Water

Current levels, plus all our toothpaste, etc., are making teeth splotchy

(Newser) - Fluoride is now in our toothpaste and mouthwash as well as our drinking water, and some of us are getting too much of it. As such, the government today announced it's lowering the recommended level of fluoride in water for the first time in more than 50 years. Fluoridation... More »

Trucker Crashes Pulling Own Loose Tooth

'He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof'

(Newser) - Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth. The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa.... More »

How Chewing Gum Makes Your Mouth Healthier

It captures a whole lot of bacteria

(Newser) - Have a mouth full of cavities? You can maybe blame those teachers who wouldn't let you chew gum in class. Gum gets some scientific analysis in a study titled "Quantification and Qualification of Bacteria Trapped in Chewed Gum" published in PLOS ONE yesterday (and, it should be noted,... More »

Missouri Baby Born With 2 Teeth

Alyssa Bella Bailey has rare 'natal teeth'

(Newser) - "Everyone was shocked" when Alyssa Bella Bailey was born on Dec. 28 at Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Mo., says mom Jaklina Bailey. That's because when she opened her mouth, newborn Alyssa showed off her two front teeth—the bottom ones. The doctor "said in her 25-year... More »

Teeth Solve an Easter Island Mystery

Scientists discover what the locals were really snacking on 800 years ago

(Newser) - Scientists have been pondering why people who lived on Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) appear to have eaten palm trees—a primary crop, reports Nature World News —for several centuries when other research suggests the plant went extinct right around the time of colonization in the 13th century. The... More »

How Birds Stopped Growing Teeth

Genetic mutations point to common toothless ancestor

(Newser) - Friday was a big day for bird lovers: Twenty-three new papers revealed all kinds of scientific information about the animals, ranging from how they learn to sing to how they got their feathers, Australia's ABC reports. Among the reports was one looking into how the creatures lost their teeth.... More »

Whales Got So Big After Super-Sized Shark Died Out

Megalodon died out 2.6M years ago, scientists estimate

(Newser) - Great white sharks have nothing on the ancient megalodon, which grew up to 50 feet in length and sported teeth as long as 7 inches. And now scientists have their firmest timeframe yet for when the creature went extinct. Scientists at the University of Florida in Gainesville report this week... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB