“Smart” Toothbrush Tells You How Good You Are at Brushing

"Smart" Toothbrush Tells You How Good You Are at Brushing

If you’re dentist can’t seem to get you to brush your teeth the way you should, maybe your toothbrush can. A company called Kolibree has developed “the world’s first connected electric toothbrush,” which it unveiled at the recent International Consumer Electronics (CES) show in Las Vegas. The device can analyze the user’s brushing habits and transfer the data to a smartphone equipped with a mobile app, which is then able to let the user know whether they’ve done a good job of cleaning or if they need to “brush up” on their technique.

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A Doggie Dental Assistant?

A Doggie Dental Assistant?

When the term “canine” is mentioned in a dental office, it typically refers to the pointed cuspid teeth in a patient’s mouth, but one dentist’s office in Minnesota is taking that label to the next level by quite literally going to the dogs — or at least, to one dog in particular. Applewood Family Dental in Woodbury, Minnesota, has a new dental assistant on board, and she’s got four legs, a cold, wet nose and silky fur all over her body.

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Scientists Invent Cavity-Fighting Candy

Scientists Invent Cavity-Fighting Candy

That sound you hear is children and parents all around the world rejoicing at the news that a scientific team in Germany has developed a candy that actually fights cavities instead of causing them. The candy, a sugar-free mint, prevents cavity-causing bacteria from attaching to teeth by using, ironically enough, other bacteria.

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Should You Brush Your Teeth at Work?

Should You Brush Your Teeth at Work?

We’ve all seen him in the office and wondered what his deal is. Does he have a rare medical condition? Is he some sort of neat freak? Does he have a twisted dental fetish? He’s the guy who brushes his teeth at work, and one thing we rarely wonder about him is if he’s right. Is it possible he (or she) knows something we don’t know? Should we all be lining up to brush our teeth beside him? Well, maybe a mad dash isn’t necessary, but the truth is there are several benefits to this routine.

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“Smart Teeth” May Be Able to Track Your Dental Habits

"Smart Teeth" May Be Able to Track Your Dental Habits

First smart phones, and now smart teeth? A team of Taiwanese scientists have developed a tooth that uses an electronic device to detect oral activities like chewing, drinking, coughing and speaking. The purpose is to track eating habits and other “mouthy” routines that could affect someone’s long-term health. For instance, a doctor could track an overweight patient to see if he’s sticking to a diet or a breathing-impaired patient to see if he’s smoking or having respiratory problems. A dentist, meanwhile, could track a patient with tooth grinding issues to see if he’s breaking his habit or if he’s grinding the night away.

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Is “Oil Pulling” Good for Your Teeth?

Is Oil Pulling Good for Your Teeth?

Swishing vegetable oil in one’s mouth, a practice called “oil pulling,” has been growing in popularity lately as a New Age-y way for people to improve their dental health, but in fact, there’s little “new” about it. The technique was written about in ancient Indian texts dating back as much as 2,000 years or more, so its longevity must mean there’s something to it, right?

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Dental Assistant Shortages Mean Lots of Job Opportunities

Dental Assistant Shortages Mean Lots of Opportunities

If you’re thinking about becoming a dental assistant, now’s the time to take the leap. That’s because there has rarely been as high a demand for dental assistants as there is now. In fact, according to a recent report published by CareerBuilder, dental assisting is projected to have the eighth largest worker shortage amongst healthcare jobs over the next five years. The “employment gap” — the difference between the number of jobs available and the number of available qualified workers for those jobs — for dental assistants is expected to be a nearly 35,000 between 2013 and 2018, as shown in the list below.

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New Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in Six Seconds

New Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth in Six Seconds

If you find yourself dreading taking three minutes out of your day to brush your teeth, you’re in luck (and let’s face it, you’re lazy); there’s a new toothbrush that claims it can clean all of your teeth in SIX SECONDS. And if that’s not impressive enough, it claims you can also floss and clean your tongue at the same time. What, no mouthwash?

The toothbrush is called Blizzident, and it’s one of those wacky 3-D printed products that are all the rage nowadays. All you need is a 3-D model of your teeth and about $300, and you’re well on your way to becoming the fastest brusher in town. It works like this: your dentist makes a dental impression of your teeth, then either scans it or sends it to a dental lab to get scanned, creating a three-dimensional digital model. The model is uploaded to the Blizzident folks, who use a 3-D printer to print a plastic toothbrush that perfectly matches your mouth.

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When Dental Veneers Go Wrong

When Dental Veneers Go Wrong

Porcelain dental veneers have been around for decades but have grown in popularity in recent years thanks to TV shows like Extreme Makeover and impatient celebrities who opt for quick fixes for their imperfect teeth. But many people who get veneers to look like their favorite stars don’t understand how drastic a procedure it is, nor do they realize there’s no guarantee the end result will be the perfect “Hollywood smile” they envisioned. Here’s a look at what can go wrong.

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