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Why do wisdom teeth suck?

Wisdom teeth can cause infections and rack up dental costs. For our ancestors, however, wisdom teeth were much more useful than they are today.
Why do wisdom teeth suck?
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Dentists are seeing an uptick in cracked teeth during the pandemic

Dentists are seeing a rise in cracked teeth amid the pandemic. Some theorise the added stress and anxiety is leading to more people grinding their teeth. Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding, can cause tension headaches and tooth fractures. Mouthguards and therapy for stress are the top treatments for teeth […]
Dentists are seeing an uptick in cracked teeth during the pandemic
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Why 5 million Americans get their wisdom teeth removed each year

Wisdom teeth suck for many reasons – they can be painful and if left untreated, can cause tooth decay, gum infection, and even tumours. Each year, 5 million Americans get their wisdom teeth removed, which costs about $US3 billion in total dental costs. But these pesky molars haven’t always been […]
Why 5 million Americans get their wisdom teeth removed each year
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A dentist at an immigration detention facility told inspectors he doesn’t have time for cleanings or fillings — but suggested immigrants floss with string from their socks if they’re ‘dedicated to dental hygiene’

A scathing watchdog report accused an immigration detention facility in California of providing substandard medical and dental care. One of the two dentists overseeing the 1,700 detained immigrants said he doesn’t provide cleanings or fillings because he doesn’t have time. The dentist suggested that immigrants who can’t afford floss from […]
A dentist at an immigration detention facility told inspectors he doesn’t have time for cleanings or fillings — but suggested immigrants floss with string from their socks if they’re ‘dedicated to dental hygiene’
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What happens if you stopped brushing your teeth

Nearly half of Americans don’t brush their teeth enough. This opens the door for a bacteria invasion, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Even worse, you might increase your risk for issues like kidney disease and dementia. The following is a transcript of the video. Meet Streptococcus mutans. He’s […]
What happens if you stopped brushing your teeth
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Stop using toothpicks to clean your teeth — here’s what you should use instead

The toothpick is the oldest dental cleaning tool around. Fossils of 7,500-year-old teeth indicate that humans were using wooden sticks to clean their teeth well before the advent of toothbrushes. But today, there are better, safer options for removing pesky plaque and bacteria. Dentist and spokesperson with theAmerican Dental AssociationDr. […]
Stop using toothpicks to clean your teeth  —  here’s what you should use instead