Laura Dorr

The top 16 worst dental patients everWe polled you, our readers, for your stories of the patients that will always stick out in your memory—for all the wrong reasons. From the infuriating to the disgusting, the bizarre to the absurd, your tales did not disappoint.
New discovery could eliminate infections after root canals
New discovery could eliminate infections after root canalsThe new method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments could eliminate secondary infections and the need for follow-up visits.
7 MORE of the scariest medical conditions with links to oral healthPoor oral health, gum disease and endentulism have all been linked by researchers to life-threatening conditions.
The top 13 freakiest dental horror storiesGhosts are scary. Ghouls are scary. But these creepy apparitions have nothing on some of the terrifying things that happen in the dental practice.
8 candies that make dental professionals scream'Tis the season of candy, candy and more candy—much to dental professionals' dismay. Here are the worst-of-the-worst treats for dental health.
Having multiple fillings could cause toxic levels of mercury in blood
Having multiple fillings could cause toxic levels of mercury in bloodExtended mercury exposure can be particularly dangerous to a one’s health—and a new study has found that the danger is greatly exacerbated in patients with eight or more dental fillings.
New dental fillings could actually REPAIR tooth decay
New dental fillings could actually REPAIR tooth decayWhile dental amalgam has been the most popular dental filling material for a century and a half, new research is introducing an exciting alternative that could actually help repair teeth damaged by caries.
New Senate bill provides low-cost dental coverage to veterans
New Senate bill provides low-cost dental coverage to veteransVeterans often struggle to get quality healthcare and dental coverage, but a new bill passed by the Senate aims to rectify that.
Is staying hydrated destroying children's teeth?
Is staying hydrated destroying children's teeth?Hydration is crucial when working out or playing sports—but now, researchers say, hydrating is actually destroying children’s teeth.
Study finds getting high will kill your smile
Study finds getting high will kill your smileGetting high may mean new lows for dental health: A recent study has found that cannabis users suffer from higher rates of periodontal disease than their weed-free peers.