Saved by the Fluoride?

A recent article on Slate focuses on “Fourteen Oddball Reasons You’re Not Dead Yet.” Among the 14? Believe it or don’t, fluoride. Yes. Really. There were plenty of miserable ways to die before the mid-20th century, but dying of a tooth abscess had to be among the worst—a slow, painful infection that limits your ability …

We Call Them Toothpicks for a Good Reason

Teeth lodged in ears? Check! Toothbrushes down the gullet? Check! And now…a toothpick in the liver! Really. According to a summary of the BMJ Case Reports article, some months after having swallowed a toothpick, a 45 year old woman developed an abcess that doctors eventually traced to the foreign object that had made its way …