A woman walks past a photograph of a smiling woman outside a dental office, in Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 3, 2020.
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Oral health is a key part of overall health, but many Canadians skip dental care due to the cost, resulting in emergency room visits and health issues. It's time for a dental care plan for all Canadians.
Like rings in tree trunks, the layers of our teeth carry a detailed record of our growth — and reveal lead contamination is common.
The way most dentists in Australia are paid encourages over-servicing. So how do we know the treatment your dentist recommends is actually necessary?
Your regular check-up will need to be postponed. But if you're in acute pain, dentists may still be able to treat you. Here's what's allowed and what's not.
Experts have voiced concerns about the uptake of a recent Canadian study, in which water fluoridation was associated with slightly lower IQs in children.
Community water fluoridation is a cost-effective public health measure that can reduce cavities by approximately 25 per cent. Yet some communities are worried about it.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it.
Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity -- due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.
At-home dental whitening kits might be bad for your teeth. Better to talk to a dentist.
We asked five experts if whitening is safe for teeth. They all said it is, so long as it's by a dentist.
A child about to have his rotten tooth capped at the author’s clinic in Khartoum, Sudan.
A cheap and simple technique could revolutionise treatment for tooth decay, especially in poor countries.
The symptoms we put down to teething might be caused by something else. And many teething products, like gels and necklaces, might actually harm.
Many of the gels, toys or therapies recommended to help kids through teething may be dangerous. So, what's a parent to do?
How a phobia of the dentist can ruin your smile.
The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is far more common than the problems they cause.
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.
Puppies and kittens are born without teeth, but by around two months of age they have a full set of baby teeth.
Teeth and bones can tell something about age – but not someone’s birthday.
Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
If an undocumented migrant is a minor or an adult can have far-reaching implications. A forensic anthropologist explains why relying solely on dental X-rays to determine age doesn't work.
Teeth fossils with evidence of dental lesions from
Prehistoric humans and their predecessors may have had a very different diet but their teeth suffered in similar ways to ours.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite.
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.
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.
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.
Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
It can take decades, but investigating one thing can revolutionise our understanding of another.
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Oral health care is safe and important for women who would like to be pregnant and for those who are.