Tenderly treating a lion’s cracked tooth

Tenderly treating a lion’s cracked tooth

A lion named Trouble lived up to his name when he cracked a tooth. The African lion, who lives in a wildlife park in Australia, was treated by a vet who normally treats much smaller cats. The veterinarian-turned-emergency-dentist removed half

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The little toothbrush that saved a space station

The little toothbrush that saved a space station

It was the case of the little toothbrush that could. Most toothbrushes have a simple, but worthwhile, purpose in life: to prevent tooth decay and gum disease by cleaning teeth. But one toothbrush had a loftier mission: to save the

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Does clove oil relieve tooth pain?

Does clove oil relieve tooth pain?

If you go to a health food store, you might notice that clove oil is touted as a natural remedy for toothaches and other dental emergency pain. But is this claim really true? Clove oil is an essential oil, extracted

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Repairing Berlin’s “broken tooth” church

Repairing Berlin's broken tooth church

As all Berliners know, you should never give up on a cracked or broken tooth. This holds true whether the tooth in question is one that can be repaired by an emergency dentist — or by an architect. Standing in

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No, that’s not Chewbacca in the dentist’s chair

No, thats not Chewbacca in the dentists chair

An orangutan who looks remarkably like Chewbacca can now chew without pain thanks to a root canal. Every day, as part of their daily health check, the zookeepers at the Auckland Zoo ask the orange primates to open their mouths.

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This toothache remedy is NOT recommended by your dentist

This toothache remedy is NOT recommended by your dentist

File this one under “history of dentistry.” It seems hard to believe now, but cocaine was once touted as a remedy for tooth pain. The photo shows a 19th-century advertisement for a toothache remedy that would certainly not pass muster

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Save your teeth. Sip soda through a straw.

Save your teeth. Sip soda through a straw.

Using a straw when drinking pop can help reduce cavities and acid damage, but there’s a catch: the straw has to be positioned in the right spot. This is because pop contains acid that can erode tooth enamel, which protects

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“Auntie Toothache” by Hans Christian Andersen

Auntie Toothache by Hans Christian Andersen

Who says that emergency dentistry cannot be a subject for great literature? “Aunty Toothache” by Hans Christian Andersen is a parable about friendship and art. In the story, teeth serve as symbols of friendship, and losing a tooth foreshadows the

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Did this polar bear have a killer toothache?

Did this polar bear have a killer toothache?

Here’s a scary consequence of not treating tooth pain: wild animals that prey on humans are sometimes found, post mortem, to be suffering from toothache. Because the afflicted animals have damaged or infected teeth, they are unable to hunt for

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What does the weather have to do with my toothache?

What does the weather have to do with my toothache?

Scientists in Austria have made an intriguing connection between the weather and the amount of tooth pain reported by patients at emergency dental clinics. As all emergency dentists know, the number of patients who book emergency appointments can vary wildly

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