Video: How braces can amazingly straighten crooked teeth

Getting braces for crooked teeth is one of our society's accepted forms of self torture for the sake of vanity. It's completely painful and done in a terribly awkward stage in life but it's worth it in the end, not just for the sight of straight teeth but for the pure functionality of improving the bite (or so they… » 10/29/14 12:06am 10/29/14 12:06am

X-Ray Reveals Real Human Teeth in 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue

During an otherwise routine restoration, researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) made an unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they'd been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100% human pearly whites—totally intact all the way to the roots. » 8/12/14 12:00pm 8/12/14 12:00pm

I Brushed My Teeth With the World's First Bluetooth Toothbrush

Being an adult is boring. It's a long checklist of necessary acts of maintenance that, in the end, fail us. That's why we rely on fun-enhancing phenomena like color runs and adult kickball leagues—and gadgets like Oral-B's new Bluetooth-enabled toothbrushes and app, which are designed to make one of life's most… » 8/04/14 10:11am 8/04/14 10:11am

There Are Cells Inside Teeth That Can Turn Back Into Stem Cells

Inside each of our hard, calcified teeth is a small population of living stem cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue. The origin of those stem cells has long been unknown, but scientists may now have a completely surprising answer: Cells of the nervous system can migrate into the middle of a tooth and… » 7/31/14 2:10pm 7/31/14 2:10pm

Seeing a kiss from inside the mouth is pretty damn gross

Yikes. Never kiss anyone again, people. Because while you're politely closing your eyes and giving someone a smooch, your slimy mouth is inhaling another set of lips in what looks like squirmy worm sex on a stained enamel bed. It's gross. So gross. Okay, maaaybe a little bit sexy in a vomit-inducing, I feel weird sort… » 2/06/14 7:59pm 2/06/14 7:59pm

Watch a tooth get burned to crispy bits

Seeing things that shouldn't be burned get melted down to nothing by fire is weirdly titillating. You don't even have to be a pyromaniac to enjoy the perversion of the flames. Just look at how this tooth slowly disappears! It's gross and weirdly wonderful in all the right ways. So bless the master torch wielders of … » 11/06/13 8:42pm 11/06/13 8:42pm

Scientists Grow Teeth From Scratch in the Worst Imaginable Way

Sometimes, good oral hygiene just isn't enough to keep your mouth full of pearly whites perfectly intact. That's where science comes in (we'd hope). But the newest foray into fabricating teeth for when our bodies no longer can might be better left in the lab—or lavatory, as the case may be. Because scientists are now… » 7/30/13 12:20pm 7/30/13 12:20pm

The Tongue Toothbrush Is the Grossest Way to Be Hygienic

Toothbrushes haven't changed much. Sure some fancy tech wiz brushes spin the bristles themselves but at the end of the day, after centuries of use, we still have to hold the damn thing. Not anymore. The T2T is a hands free toothbrush that you slip onto your tongue to do your teeth cleaning. It's the grossest way to be… » 3/19/13 12:40pm 3/19/13 12:40pm

Throw Out Your Toothbrush, Artificial Enamel Is on the Way

When it comes to keeping your pearly whites in good shape, one of the most important things is to preserve your enamel. If you lose that protective coating, your teeth will get sensitive, and there's no way to get it back. At least until now. A newly developed material could be used as an impervious shield on your… » 9/17/12 2:55pm 9/17/12 2:55pm

Twice-Weekly "Smart Bomb" Mouthwash: The Laziest and Most Wonderful Dental Development Yet

Complaining about dental work is kind of like complaining about airplane food or your wife's cooking—best to just avoid it unless you're feeling Dangerfieldian. And UCLA's got an experimental new "smart bomb" mouthwash it says might keep you out of the dentist's chair with just one rinse every four days. » 11/21/11 10:00am 11/21/11 10:00am