In 2003, half the mercury in U.S. wastewater came from your dentist

Despite how often mercury is commercially employed throughout the U.S., the primary source of mercury pollution in our water supply comes not from heavy industry but rather from a far more dreaded source: your dentist. And the EPA is finally about to do something about it. » 10/03/14 12:10pm 10/03/14 12:10pm

Bloodletting and Bone Brushes: The White-Knuckle Days of Early Dentistry

With all those gleaming, stainless-steel tools readied for painful prodding, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. But modern dentistry is a walk in the park compared with archaic methods of treating oral maladies: Be glad you're not seeking treatment for mysterious "tooth worms" or using dentures filled… » 9/10/14 3:00pm 9/10/14 3:00pm

Accupal Takes the Steve Martin Out of Dentistry

The Accupal won't make your next root canal painless, but it will lessen the sting of the needle. Essentially an ultrasonic toothbrush with a hole in it, when coupled with minor amounts of topical anesthetic, you can apparently poke and prod someone's mouth all day without pain. It seems to work through a combination… » 7/31/08 3:10pm 7/31/08 3:10pm

Tooth Regeneration Tech Could Make Fillings Obsolete

Scientists are hard at work on making teeth regrow the crystals that make up dentin and enamel, allowing them to phase out fillings and drillings completely. The goal is to spot tooth decay early and then get the teeth to grow healthy tooth-matter over the bad spots. No fuss, no muss. They say that the tech will be… » 4/02/08 12:37pm 4/02/08 12:37pm

Tongue Nub Isn't Going to Replace Toothbrushes Anytime Soon

Toothbrushes, they just need updating. Right? Well, according to yet another delusional contestant on American Inventor, a better solution would be a little nub you stick on the tip of your tongue. You then use your tongue to get your teeth clean, hoping it doesn't come off and get lodged in your throat, giving you a… » 7/13/07 12:45pm 7/13/07 12:45pm