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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 with modern dentists. The ad itself, which promises an “instantaneous cure” for tooth pain, might … Read more

“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 death of a friend. Tooth pain accompanies, and is compared with, the pain of attempting … Read more

Does gum disease really lead to heart disease?

Does gum disease really lead to heart disease

Some ads for antibacterial toothpaste strongly imply that their product will help prevent heart disease. But is this claim really true? According to the Berkeley Wellness Letter, just because there is a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, that doesn’t necessarily mean that gum disease CAUSES heart disease. The theory goes like this: gum … Read more

A Viennese legend about a toothache

A Viennese legend about a toothache

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna has a statue that is officially named “Man of Sorrow.” But to the Viennese, the statue is known affectionately as “Christ with a toothache.” Ingrid Prohaska, an Austrian blogger who writes about Viennese legends, tells of the dental emergency that caused the statue to acquire this nickname. According to the … Read more