Bad breath? Cavities? Gum Disease? Learn about the 700 kinds of bacteria in your mouth. This The uBiome Team pitch on crowdfunding site indiegogo.com poses questions such as “Why do some people get cavities and not others? What causes bad breath?” in the hopes that curious folk inspired by science will support its research with the purchase of a $79 dental genome kit, among other options.
For your donation, they’ll send you a collection kit, which includes everything needed to sample your dental microbiome. Dental what? (The dental micro biome — bacteria in the mouth — has been linked to dental diseases such as periodontal disease, gingivitis, dental caries, and can even indicate more systemic ailments indirectly.)
With $32,802 raised by 150 people in 25 days, they are off to a solid start.
The uBiome Team suggests other ways you can help:
- Post a photo of your teeth, bacteria, or anything uBiome related with the hashtag #uBiomeDental on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. They will pick weekly winners of “awesome uBiome schwag.”
- Get your dentist involved. Tell her or him about the campaign and how uBiome is trying to revolutionize dental health. Buy him/her a kit to say thank you for all those root canals and fillings.
A “traveling dentist.”
That is the answer to the riddle: “Who is the perfect spouse for a Major League Baseball player?”
Tommy Layne (an aspiring baseball star) met his wife Meghan Wagstaff (an aspiring dentist) while she was on a date with someone else. Even though they both shared an attraction, they parted ways in order to accomplish their dreams.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, it would seem. After reconnecting via Facebook and dating for six years, they married.
Layne is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Meghan is a practicing dentist licensed in four states to allow them to spend time together, according to a Boston Globe story. Both have demanding careers and know how to make their marriage work.
Meghan, 29, earned her license in Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, and Massachusetts where she fills in for dentists on maternity leave or vacation, or for corporate offices in need of help. Full-time positions have been offered but that will come later in her career.
“It keeps my mind busy and, honestly, for both of us our emphasis isn’t solely on baseball,” Meghan added. “I’m supportive of him and he has been supportive of me. Some of my career has been on hold but it won’t always be like that.”
“At the end of the day, I get home and she has her own thing going on. She’s not asking what happened in the game. I can check out from the field and enjoy some family time. It’s great,” Layne told the newspaper. “She’s like a traveling dentist.”
To read the full story visit: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/03/16/red-sox-pitcher-tommy-layne-has-one-more-unique-marriages-sport/dKoeapR4KDkIBV1YIbIAuN/story.html
A new website, www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com, is part of an initiative by The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to help educate consumers about cosmetic dentistry, encourage them to improve their smiles and raise awareness of the importance of seeking out an AACD accredited dentist for treatment, according to Dental Tribune America.
A few highlights of the website:
- What Does Your Smile Say About You? – A personalized smile analysis tool that uses Facebook to determine what your smile says about your personality.
- A Share Your Smile gallery – A photo gallery where users can upload their smile personality and view the personalities of other users that have also used the analyzer.
- “Your Smile IQ” Quiz – A step-by-step quiz to help consumers determine the procedures that could improve their smiles.
- Explore Cosmetic Procedures – An educational section with consumer-friendly videos showcasing cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients, such as bonding, veneers and whitening.
For the full story: http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/usa/18356_aacd_launches_your_smile_becomes_you_website.html