Today's Dental News

Some Unexpected Foods May Harm Teeth

There may be more food and drinks to add to the list of things that could damage your teeth.

Researchers discovered that herbal teas may stain teeth and they can erode the enamel as well, according to information from the University Dental Hospital in England. This is a serious problem because once the enamel is adversely impacted, the damage cannot be reversed. Some teas like blackcurrant and raspberry tea were found to erode enamel in several instances.

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Mouthwash Could Prevent Tooth Decay

A new mouthwash may eradicate tooth decay.

The mouthwash, which was created by a microbiologist from the UCLA School of Dentistry, targets Streptococcus mutans. That type of bacteria is one of the main causes for tooth decay and cavities.

A recent study showed that 12 subjects had a mouth without any sign of S. mutans bacteria after just one rinse with this mouthwash. This study appears in the recent edition of Caries Research.

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Lawsuit Attempts to Block New Whitening Regulation in Connecticut

New regulations only permitted dentists to perform teeth-whitening procedures in Connecticut. That was until a lawsuit was filed that would overturn these new regulations.

The Institute for Justice, which is a public interest law firm, sued the U.S. District Court in Hartford on the grounds that the new laws in Connecticut were monopolistic for dentists. These new laws state that if someone other than a dentist performs whitening services, he or she could go to prison for five years, as well as face a fine of $25,000.

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Dentistry Today Launches Wednesday Watch

Dentistry Today's Dental News Network has officially commenced.

DNN includes the Wednesday Watch, which will be a three- to five-minute news program covering various topics.

The first Wednesday Watch includes a preview of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which will take place beginning November 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The program will also include news stories related to the world of dentistry. The Wednesday Watch will highlight some of the innovative products in the dental profession as well.

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Jawbone Discovered in England is First Human in Europe

An international team of scientists recently made a discovery that's significant to the history of humans.

The team found a piece of a jawbone from a prehistoric cave in England. The bone, which was first thought to be about 35,000 years old, is between 41,000 and 44,000 years old. It is believed to be the first documented evidence of modern humans in Europe.

The information appears in the journal Nature.

This finding will enable scientists to pinpoint how modern humans spread throughout Europe during the last Ice Age. It also reaffirms the belief that modern humans and Neanderthals lived at the same point for a brief period.

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