CDAA Dental Assistant Weekly
Jan. 1, 2013

10. Surprising dental health benefits of licorice
WorlDental
From Aug. 14, 2012: It's an unfortunate fact of American life: tooth decay and gum disease are all-too-common problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that over 90 per cent of American adults have had some form of tooth decay in their lifetimes.More

9. Shark teeth have built-in toothpaste
Smithsonian Magazine
From July 31, 2012: You'd think with all those seals, fish and the occasional surf board, sharks' teeth would be a mass of cavities and bad dental hygiene. Not the case. Sharks may have the healthiest teeth in the animal kingdom, it turns out. Scientists just found that their pearly whites contain fluoride, the active ingredient in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. More

8. New device eliminates pain at the dentist
Fox News
From Aug. 14, 2012: Fear of going to the dentist is extremely common, according to the American Dental Association, more than 20 per cent of Americans are too afraid even make an appointment. But a new medical device called Dental Vibe is helping to lessen patients’ pain and anxiety during dental procedures.More

7. Study: White and evenly spaced set of teeth contain clues to decide health, age and illness
My Health Bowl
From Aug. 7, 2012: A recent study made at the universities of Leeds and Central Lancashire confirmed that the colour of human teeth contains clues for health, age and illness. The study confirmed all the facts about teeth what we already know. It also revealed that colour of human teeth are attracted by both sexes.More

6. The effects of alcoholism on your mouth
Natural Gumption
From Oct. 30, 2012: Most people know that alcoholism is bad for the body. Long-term abuse of alcoholic beverages can lead to many problems, including weight gain, liver trouble, sluggish mental capacity, and many other issues. However, fewer people realize that the consumption of alcoholic beverages can lead to problems inside your mouth as well.More

5. Water fluoridation may affect children's IQ
Vancouver 24Hrs
From Oct. 2, 2012: Why, in 1974, didn't authorities learn from this terrible tragedy? A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy, during his first dental checkup, had fluoride paste applied to his teeth. He was then handed a glass of water, but the hygienist failed to inform him to swish the solution around in his mouth and then spit it out. Instead, the boy drank the water and, a few hours later, he was dead from fluoride poisoning. A report in Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products calls fluoride an acute toxin with a rating higher than lead.More

4. Oregon man sues dentist after teeth allegedly rot from 11 years of braces
CBC News
From Oct. 5, 2012: An angry Oregon patient who was allegedly advised to wear braces for 11 years is suing his dentist for the cost to fix his now-rotten teeth. Devin Bost, 22, is suing orthodontist Dr. Brad Chvatal of Oregon-based Chvatal Orthodontics for allegedly allowing him to wear his braces from ages 7 to 18. He's asking for $185,000, which breaks down to $35,100 for corrective oral surgery and other expenses and $150,000 for pain and suffering. More

3. Too much bottled water might harm kids' teeth
Medical Xpress
From Aug. 7, 2012: But, some experts say it may contribute to diminished dental health. While most bottled water manufacturers declare that their products are 100 percent 'pure,' 'clean' or 'natural,' few brands contain one ingredient that most Americans take for granted: fluoride.More

2. Tongue piercing: Is it dangerous?
WorlDental
From July 24, 2012: Tongue piercing is not a trend now, because it can almost be regarded as an old-fashioned procedure. However, even today, youngsters do pierce their tongues, and unfortunately, this procedure might have several health complications. More

1. Tooth fillings made with BPA tied to behavior issues
Reuters.com
From July 24, 2012: Kids who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. But the effect was small, and the lead researcher was quick to point out that her team didn't measure BPA levels in particular,  and had no way of knowing if any other chemicals were leaching out of the fillings.More