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Are mercury dental fillings really that dangerous?

If mercury is unhealthy for us to eat in fish, why is it okay for it to be in dental amalgam in our mouths?

Devious bacteria can cause multiple cavities

Some people are prone to getting cavities no matter how much care they take in brushing their teeth. A particularly harmful caries bacteria can be their problem, according to a Swedish study.

Lactic acid bacteria combat a common dental disease

Over half of all Norwegians over the age of 40 have periodontitis, a chronic inflammatory disease which can make teeth loosen and fall out. Lactic acid bacteria might be used in treating the disease.

Poor dental health tied to heart disease

Untreated root tip infections can raise the risk of coronary disease according to a new study.

ADHD links to a vulnerability for severe dental anxiety

Persons with ADHD or who suffer certain types of anxiety and depression run higher risks of a severe fear of dentists.

Dentists could soon be fixing your teeth with cement

Research on a new material to fill dental cavities takes a small step forward.

Fluorine stars with added sparkle

Next time you grab a tube of fluoride toothpaste, spare a thought for those stars dying so that you could have healthy teeth.

Mending broken bones with food additives

A new invention helps the body generate new bone. Initially, this could help those suffering from loose teeth and damaged mandibles.

Why do we brush our teeth in cold water?

We wash dishes, clothes and our bodies in warm water – yet we turn the tap to cold when it comes to our teeth. Why?

Light is not a bright idea in teeth bleaching

Proof was given back in 2006 that the use of lights as an enhancer in the cosmetic bleaching of teeth was unnecessary and potentially harmful. But dentists are still using teeth-whitening lights.

Humans have always caused plant and animal extinctions

Our warming planet is pushing some plant and animals species towards extinction. But there’s actually no such thing as untouched nature — humans have always altered their environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to protect what’s here now.