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).

Teeth can be lost in accidents, sports mishaps and falls, so you need to know what to do in case it happens to you. The obvious advice is get to a dentist right away, but the type of injury suffered will influence how the damaged teeth can be treated. Dental expert Joseph Orrico says, “Sometimes teeth are completely knocked out, roots and all, so in those cases place the tooth or teeth in a container of cold MILK and get to a dentist within thirty minutes for a reinsertion procedure. There’s a short window of opportunity in which the remaining living tissue on the root surface can be kept alive. Milk has a neutral ph balance and is fortified with vitamins to make it an excellent fluid to help preserve teeth.” Time has the greatest influence on the success rate for replacing teeth this way.

If you DO have a heart attack and get to the point where need a new heart, you have a real problem, because there’s an extreme shortage of organs available for donation, meaning many people die unnecessarily because they couldn’t get a transplant in time. The solution may be to “print” new body parts.

Researchers are developing a 3D “bio-printer” in order to create new body parts they can use for surgery, including blood vessels and entire organs. The machine uses many layers of biological building blocks to create real, living tissue. The bio-printer can already grow arteries that could be used in heart bypass operations in 5 years and more complex organs such as hearts, teeth and bones should be possible to create in 10 years.In the June 4th edition of the Daily Mail, Niall Firth quotes Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo, the company which is developing the bio-printer, as saying, “Ultimately, the idea would be for surgeons to have tissue on demand for various uses.” But your teeth may fall out before they’re knocked out and this could affect your heart: A recent study of more than 11,000 adults links gum disease with heart problems, because gum inflammation can lead to inflammation elsewhere in the body, which can in turn lead to heart disease. In BBC News, Emma Wilkinson quotes cardiac nurse Judy O’Sullivan as saying, “If you don’t brush your teeth, your mouth can become infected with bacteria which can cause inflammation. However, it is complicated by the fact that poor oral hygiene is often associated with other well known risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking and poor diet.”

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