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NCIS of the Ancient World: Using Tooth Enamel to Solve Mysteries

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a detective? Are you obsessed with shows like NCIS and CSI? While detective work isn’t as glamorous or dramatic as they make it seem on TV, that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not interesting, or that the smallest details can prove to be [...]

Root Canal Therapy Remains a Good Way to Save a Tooth

Infected teeth are painful and dangerous. The discomfort from an infected tooth can be brutal. It can wake you up, keep you from falling back asleep, and disrupt all your daily activities. It may not respond to pain medication. The pain is a warning that you have a serious infection, one that can kill you [...]

New Discovery Confirms Bread Part of Our Ancient Diet

One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is eating a healthy diet. This may even be more important than brushing and flossing, although if you want to be healthy, you shouldn’t choose one or the other--both are necessary! The problem is figuring out what, exactly, is a healthy diet. [...]

The Stone Sage: Cavemen Found Alternatives to Brushing Teeth

As long as people have had teeth, we’ve been getting gunk stuck between them. Since objects similar to toothbrushes didn’t emerge until about 3500 B.C., earlier humans had to either ignore pesky food particles or be creative in their removal. A recent archeological finding revealed that prehistoric humans indeed practiced rudimentary

Summer Reading: Fictional Dentists with Character

On a recent episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition, host Scott Simon and author Dave Eggers—whose new novel, Heroes of the Frontier, follows the adventures of an out-of-work dentist and her two children—had a difficult time naming other literary protagonists who are dentists. There are, however, a number of major fictional dentists (not [...]