Laura Dorr is the former executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network and a regular contributing author.
From 1 to 50: The top dental crimes in every state
Time to flash those pearly whites - for a mugshot! We compiled a list of the top dental crimes in each and every state in the USA - and the stories we found are pretty fantastic. See what's happening in your state!
LeBron James' visit to the dentist is far from a slam dunk
What do you have in common with LeBron James? Probably not a lot, as King James is exceptional at pretty much everything and should be revered as an infallible deity. One thing that brings him down to mortal status? Being in the dentist’s chair.
Weird news: British dentist tried to perform dental work in a McDonald's
Do you want fries with that dental work? The General Dental Council committee in the United Kingdom has barred one dentist from practicing after she tried to perform a dental procedure in a McDonald’s restaurant.
2015 "Best of Class" Technology Award winners announced
Every day, innovative new products and technologies are pushing the dental industry forward, streamlining the job and redefining practice management, patient care and treatment. While there are many exciting emerging technologies and cutting-edge products, there are some that rise above the rest. These are the recipients of the seventh annual Pride Institute Best of Class Technology Awards.
Research finds poop on over 60% of toothbrushes
Using a communal bathroom? There’s probably poop on your toothbrush.
Weird news: Woman superglued her teeth in to avoid going to the dentist
Many people are afraid of going to the dentist, but most will muster the bravery to go in when their teeth start falling out. However, most people are not Angie Barlow of England.
Pride Institute's "Best of Class" 2014: Today's top technologies
"This is the list every practitioner should be waiting for every year."
Rugby players get teeth replaced with bottle openers
Rugby players are a carousing type who appreciate a good time, and one beer company is making it even easier for several players to enjoy the revelry.
Man who aspirated dental drill bit loses $430K court case
A New York man was left gnashing his teeth in frustration last week when he lost a malpractice judgment against a local dentist on appeal.
Teams - and teeth - get knocked out of the NHL playoffs
It’s peak season for dental practices in eight cities, as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue in a quest for more dental casualties.
Weird news: Man charged with using pliers to remove women's teeth during sex
A man in New Zealand is on trial after his penchant for edentulous ladies allegedly peaked in a series of violent assaults, during which he removed his victims’ teeth with pliers.
The top 5 weirdest dental crime stories
Dentists are an upstanding, honorable bunch ... well, except for a few, apparently! We scoured the web for this year's strangest toothy crime stories, and were shocked (thrilled? amused?) by the number we found. Here are our top five.
How to avoid frustration in your next impressions
We asked Dr. Daniel Etheridge and his assistant, Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD, of Greenbrier Dental Center in Chesapeake, Va., about their use of 3M™ ESPE™ Imprint™ 4 Preliminary Impression Material, 3M™ ESPE™ Imprint™ 4 VPS Impression Material and 3M™ ESPE™ Protemp™ Plus Temporization Material.
Office manager arrested after posing as dentist, performing root canals
A dental office manager in New York has learned the hard way that playing pretend can result in some very real consequences.
New study finds beaver teeth could provide insight on human tooth decay
Strong teeth for beavers are a must (you try cutting down a tree with your incisors!), but how do they keep those chompers healthy and tough without access to fluoride or a toothbrush? A new study out of Northwestern University reports that beavers have natural protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth.
Thousands rally to ensure murdered dental student’s legacy lives on
Deah Barakat, one of three students murdered on February 10 in Chapel Hill, NC, had a goal to provide dental care to Syrian refugees. Since his death, people have rallied to ensure that goal is achieved.
Weird dental news: Electric toothbrushes gaining popularity ... with thieves
Electric toothbrushes are flying off shelves – but a surprising number are going into the pockets of sticky-fingered customers.
Study finds link between tooth loss and mental, physical decline in older adults
A recent study has found that the walking speed and memory of adults without any teeth decline more rapidly than those who still have some or all of their own teeth.
Top 5 dental discoveries
We're always excited to hear about new dental health discoveries and emerging research, and are fascinated by the enlightening, educational - and sometimes downright weird - information they bring to light. What follows is a list of the most fascinating recent studies, as chosen by our editorial team.
Why responsible pediatric dental radiology is a must
Everyone knows that children need moderation in their lives. Giving a child too much sugar will undoubtedly result in a headache for parents. Exposing that child to excessive radiation? That can also only end poorly.
Supreme Court Dental Regulatory Board Case Examines Federal Antitrust Laws
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case regarding whether state-established boards of practitioners, such as those for dentists, made up of members of the profession they are overseeing can properly regulate the profession without running afoul of federal antitrust laws.
Dental surprise: Missouri baby born with two teeth
A newborn baby shocked her parents and doctors alike last month when she was born with two front teeth.
The 7 weirdest dental stories of 2014
2014 brought many new innovations, technological advances and exciting product launches – but more entertainingly, it also gave us some very, very strange stories. Here are the seven most peculiar, strange – and mildly alarming! – dental stories that we read in 2014.
Recent study finds French kisses swap more than spit
Recent research published in the journal Microbiome found that as many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during at 10-second French kiss. The study also found that people who kiss each other nine times a day or more share similar oral bacteria.
Sleeping in Dentures Can Pose Major Health Hazards
A recent study published by researchers in Japan found that elderly patients who wear dentures while they sleep have a higher risk of developing pneumonia than those who remove them.
Saliva plays key role in caries prevention
In the fight against dental caries, we commonly utilize exogenous materials such as fluoride or sealants. However, a recent study has found that a key tool for fighting caries-causing bacteria may be our own saliva.
Do people with tooth loss really need dentures?
Recent research out of the University of Adelaide in Australia is challenging the belief that people with tooth loss actually need dentures.
New research finds human tooth enamel development is linked to weaning
New research out of England has found that weaning in human babies is tied to prenatal tooth enamel growth rates.
How 3M ESPE cements make restorative dentistry easy [VIDEO]
In this Featured Practice Profile, DPR spoke with Dr. Jeff Blank about how 3M ESPE products and cements have made it simpler than ever for his practice to provide reliable comprehensive care.
Newly proposed EPA standards will affect dentists
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposal of new standards to reduce the release of mercury into the environment from dental offices.
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