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Should We Replace Those Old Fillings?

Should we get our mercury-amalgam fillings replaced--or would it be easier just to grow new teeth?

A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings. While scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release...
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Want to be a Mom? Brush Your Teeth!

If you want to get pregnant, see your dentist (No, we don't mean you should have sex in the dental chair). A recent Australian study compared rates of periodontal disease with the speed by which women conceived and found that women with fewer cavities got pregnant more quickly. It turns out that the kind of oral bacteria that causes cavities also...
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Too Many Dental X-Rays Can Lead to Cancer

People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the US. But don't panic--today's dental patients are exposed to lower doses of radiation than in the past.

When researchers studied almost 1,500 brain tumor patients who were diagnosed with...
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Brush Your DOG'S Teeth Too!

Get your dog ready for that Christmas party: Buy him a nice red sweater and BRUSH HIS TEETH! The problem isn't just bad breath: By the age of 3, about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already have gum disease...
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Another Reason to Brush

Worried you might have a heart attack? Brush your teeth twice a day! And what do you do if you accidentally get one of those teeth knocked out? (Even vampires sometimes have this problem).

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Are Your Mercury Fillings Safe?

Are mercury fillings safe? Mercury-based fillings have been used by dentists to repair teeth for well over a century. But in recent decades, their use has become controversial due to concerns about exposure to potentially toxic mercury.

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Tooth Truth

You can't hide the truth from your dentist! For instance, they can spot bulemics (who gorge and purge) from the way their teeth become eroded by stomach acid.

Dentist Mohamed Bassiouny is a sort of "tooth detective." He discovered a patient whose teeth had eroded from stomach acids not caused by an eating disorder. Instead this woman...

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Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

Or least say goodbye to that dreaded drill. Dentists in the U.K. have started using a new treatment which does away with the need for injections, drilling and fillings. The treatment, called Healozone, uses a blast of ozone gas to kill bacteria. This painless procedure allows saliva to repair damaged teeth naturally.

During the...

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