A Man’s Dentures Got Stuck in His Throat During Surgery, Leaving Him Bleeding for Weeks

Here’s a story that’ll haunt you into your golden years. Doctors say their elderly patient endured a nightmarish week of his throat bleeding out and weeks more of surgeries and hospital care, all because surgeons had forgotten to remove his dentures – dentures that then became lodged in his throat. Read More >>

Tiny Fossil Tooth Found in the Amazon May Have Come From Ancient, Baseball-Size Monkey

In a single tooth, scientists might have discovered the smallest fossil monkey as well as an important piece of primate evolutionary history. Read More >>

Teeth-Whitening Products Might Be Riskier Than We Thought

Those strips and gels you use to get your teeth as pearly white as possible may come with some previously unknown risks, according to new, preliminary research out this week. It found that the key ingredient in these products – hydrogen peroxide – could be capable of damaging dentin, the second, deeper layer of our teeth that lies beneath the enamel surface. Read More >>

Animal Teeth, Wood, and Porcelain: How the First Dentures Were Made

The human body is resilient, but not every part is replaceable internally. As a result, people are always on the lookout for better methods of transplant and prosthesis, which we’ve harnessed as medical tools since ancient times, particularly in our mouths. Read More >>

Colgate’s AI Toothbrush Makes Me Never Want to Brush My Teeth Again

Earlier this year, Colgate released a connected toothbrush, an artificially intelligent mouth cleaner that would be sold at Apple Stores for $100 a pop. It looks like most electric toothbrushes: thick handle, teeny head, buzzes when you turn it on. But this Colgate creation connects to your phone and teaches you how to brush your teeth better. At least, that’s what I was told. Read More >>

Salt and Vinegar Crisps Added to List of Very Bad Things

You might think crisps are at least partially good for your teeth thanks to not containing half an acre's worth of high fructose corn syrup, but no. Salt and vinegar ones are bad for your teeth, they say, as the acid levels contribute to the wearing away of your wonky little mouthypegs. Read More >>

Going to The Caveman Dentist Was Probably a Nightmare

If you think your experience with the dentist is scary, just think about how bad the caveman dentist’s office would have been. There’d be no painkillers, no drills, and the fillings would be made from tar and plant fibres. And god, what would the awkward small talk be like? Read More >>

Your Teeth Are Helping Scientists Build Better Airplanes

You might not think that the teeth in your mouth have much in common with the massive fangs you’ll find in a T-rex skull. But at the microscopic level, the core structure of tooth enamel hasn’t changed much over the ages. So, scientists are once again copying a tried-and-true Mother Nature design to potentially improve the strength and safety of airplanes. Read More >>

Scientists Demo Tooth-Rebuilding Drug to End Misery of Fillings

Ending the "misery of fillings" is a perennial medical thing that is promised but never happens, but... some people think it might be about to happen for real this time, thanks to miniature sponges and dentine. Read More >>

Dentists Say Your Office Birthday Doughnut Blowout Should Stop

Dentists and other people worried about the oral health of the nation are targeting one small remaining pocket of fun many of us have -- workplace snacks. In case you didn't know, ordering the 144 deluxe Krispy Kreme deluxe doughnut box because it's someone's birthday is the new worst thing for everyone's teeth and health. Read More >>

Wait, Does Dental Floss Even Work?

From a very young age, it’s drilled into us that we need to floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. But as a recent investigation by the Associated Press reveals, the benefits of dental floss are largely unproven. Read More >>

How to Brush Your Teeth: A Basic Guide for Orally-Challenged Footballers

A recent study has shown that footballers have worse oral hygiene than the general population, with almost 40 per cent said to have cavities. It’s not especially welcome news, especially as dodgy teeth can actually have a negative effect on overall performance. Read More >>

Richard Kiel, Best Known as Bond Enemy Jaws, Dies Aged 74

Richard Kiel, whose Jaws character stole the show in two of the fairly duff late 1970s Bond films, has died. Read More >>

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 a highly unprecedented discovery. As it turns out, the 18th century statue of Christ they'd been X-raying was fitted with actual, 100 per cent human pearly whites—totally intact all the way to the roots. Read More >>