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The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is far more common than the problems they cause. (Pixabay)

Bad molars? The origins of wisdom teeth

When they cause problems, wisdom teeth don't seem very smart. But they may have been evolution's answer to a coarse diet.
Most of the time you won’t be able to tell if a puppy or kitten’s tooth falls out. Often they fall out in food, or the animal might even swallow them. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

Puppies and kittens are born without teeth, but by around two months of age they have a full set of baby teeth.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite. (Shutterstock)

Dental tourism industry exploits workers in Mexico

Thousands of North Americans travel to Mexico to eat, drink, shop and get cheap and fast dental care. Meanwhile, local populations suffer racism, poor working conditions and inadequate health care.
Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders.

3D printers: A revolutionary frontier for medicine

From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
The edges of your lost tooth are sharp because when the root of the baby tooth is being eaten away, it tends to start from the middle of the root. That leaves a sharp edge behind when the tooth breaks off. Flickr/Stephanie Young

Curious Kids: My tooth fell out. Why is it so spiky on the bottom?

Nicholas, aged 6, was watching TV one day when his tooth fell out. He noticed that the bottom edge of the tooth was very spiky. Now he wants to know why.
A man receives dental treatment at Care Harbor LA, a free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2013. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The cavity in health insurance coverage: oral health

The absence of comprehensive dental care exacts a toll on millions of Americans in terms of poor health, pain and the social stigma associated with bad teeth.
All dentists should be practising evidence-based dentistry for the sake of their patients. John Dill/Flickr

‘Holistic’ dentistry: more poppycock than panacea?

Holistic dentistry claims to promote overall wellness rather than simply treating disease. But the lack of evidence for the alternative therapies underpinning it are cause for concern.
Good teeth often correlates with good health. But one in five over-65s have lost all their teeth. m01229/Flickr

How to fill the gaps in Australia’s dental health system

An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health. So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved…
Universities could be oversupplying graduates in a number of key health fields. Graduate image from www.shutterstock.com

Too many graduates, not enough jobs: universities, profits and clinical need

What if, after several years of studying in an intense degree program, you graduate only to find no jobs within your field? Since 2012, public universities have been allowed to determine the number of…
The children with the greatest level of disease also have the poorest access to care. Image from shutterstock.com

Filling the gaps in Australia’s dental workforce

Data released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the number of dentists has increased by 24% in the five years to 2011. There are now around 12,700 dentists in Australia, with…
Exposure to radiation from dental x-rays has decreased in recent years. EPA/Julian Abram Wainwright

Dental X-rays linked to brain tumour risk

People who received frequent dental x-rays as children could be at increased risk of developing a commonly diagnosed primary…

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