Who better to generate support for America’s kids than America’s ToothFairy?

School-based sealant programs, oral care product distributions, dental services for homeless children, these and other projects will receive a needed boost. Grants totalling $100,000 will support children across the U.S., courtesy of America’s ToothFairy fundraising efforts, according to DentistryToday.com  “Funding for the grants was donated by sponsors of the Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction, […]

Medication effects could disrupt dental implants

Adverse effects accompany certain drugs used to treat depression: anxiety, dizziness, nervousness, sweating, nausea and in some cases suicidal or violent behavior. Recent findings suggest that these drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), could lead to dental implant failure. The International and American Associations for Dental Research put together a study that shows drugs used for treating depression could […]

Ironclad appearance

CAPTION: An iron tooth implant fitted 2,300 years ago could be earliest false tooth ever found in Western Europe, according to dailymail.co.uk. The dental implant is shown here second from the right.

It’s never too late for a beautiful smile. A discovery in France is proof positive.

Scientists believe a metal pin- possibly the first dental implant – was used to improve the appearance of a twentysomething woman, postmortem, during the Iron Age.

For her sake, let’s hope so. An iron implant in a live person would have caused extreme pain.

Back then, 2,300 years ago, people believed that a person’s corpse should still look good and his or her status was related to the way he or she appeared—even after death.

According to DentistryToday.com and dailymail.co.uk, based on the early information, researchers think this implant precedes the implant that was previously thought to be the oldest by about 400 years. That tooth was found in France, as well, during the 1990s.


Is there anything a smartphone camera — and dental researchers — can’t do?

A technique that uses fluorescent markers to tag bacteria cells might offer a new solution for pinpointing a source of infection — and the method makes it easy enough for the bacteria to be located by a smartphone camera. Researchers from The University of Nottingham and GSK Consumer Healthcare studying dental cavities and periodontal diseases were able to grow polymers […]

Study: 1 in 10 surgery patients have complications despite tooth extractions prior

Tooth extractions before cardiac surgery don’t fully eliminate complications, according to a report from DentistryToday.com.  “Prosthetic heart valve-caused endocarditis results in about 25 percent of infective endocarditis cases and is fatal for almost 40 percent of patients who develop it. That’s why physicians try to pinpoint any risk factors, such as poor dental health, prior […]