Why They’re Called “Eye Teeth”

Joon McGovern/Flickr   Humans have four main types of teeth. Incisors are the ones in front. Molars are the flat surfaced ones in back. The transitional teeth in front of the molars are called “premolars” or “bicuspids,” and the ones between these and the incisors are the canines – so named because their fang-like appearance …

Teeth & Your Memory

Ever have a senior moment? Then you might be missing some teeth, too. Researchers at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) link tooth loss and periodontal disease to cognitive decline in one of the largest and longest prospective studies on the topic to date, released in this month’s issue of the …

Mouth Breathing: Nothing to Laugh At

“Mouth breather” is an insult that’s been around for years as a way of calling someone stupid. But mouth breathing itself is a dental and medical concern – whether a habit developed from poor orofacial function or from allergies or sinus problems, swollen adenoids or tonsils, or other issues that can make breathing difficult. In …

Mouthwash Isn’t a Toothbrush or Floss

Oh, the news – or what passes for news – that we almost missed while taking a break from blogging: Us Magazine‘s headline of Jessica Simpson saying,     “I just use Listerine – and sometimes I’ll use my sweater,” she claimed, bursting into laughter. “I do brush every now and again, but my teeth …

Turning Mercury Amalgam into Gold?

Normally, we post videos on Wednesdays, but this is just so weird, we just couldn’t wait (via dentalassistantwork.co.cc):     Change amalgam into gold? That’s as much magical thinking as corporate dentistry’s belief that the toxic mercury that must be handled so carefully when it’s outside the mouth becomes inert and perfectly safe once it’s …

Repairing Gums, Preventing Cancer & Other News of Note

New Technology Aims to Repair the After-Effects of Gum Disease (Medical News Today) Advances in tissue engineering are offering the promise of being able to restore lost bone and gum tissue following periodontal disease. About a third of the population are affected by chronic inflammatory gum disease which can result in loss of the bone …