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Tooth Sensor Reveals In-Depth Oral Activity

A research team recently wanted to learn more about what is constantly happening in a person’s mouth.

As a result, National Taiwan University researchers built a sensor that can be embedded in a tooth or attached to a tooth. The sensor is small enough to fit inside an artificial tooth or it can straddle a real one.

With tiny wire located inside the sensor, the sensor has the ability to provide data to a computer. The research team claims that wireless sensors will be created in the future thanks to Bluetooth.

The sensor was unveiled at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in Switzerland.

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Aesthetic Dentistry Does Not Increase Happiness

Aesthetic changes to a person’s smile will not simply make the person feel better about it.

The findings from a new study indicate that healthy psychologists are necessary to help a person feel better about their appearance, even after undergoing aesthetic dental procedures. King’s College London recently made this determination.

To conduct the study, 60 participants answered questions about their satisfaction with their appearance before and after the dental work.

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Canadians Going Elsewhere for Dental Treatment at Rising Rate

Canadians are exploring all options for dental treatment. Increasingly, that means going to Mexico for treatment.

Mexico has several state-of-the-art dental clinics, enticing Canadians and some Americans to visit them to save money on dental treatment. Since the Canadians and Americans don’t have to go across the world for treatment, for some people this option makes sense.

Some people also choose to build their vacation around the dental treatment. They relax for a few days after receiving the treatment to make the whole excursion worthwhile.

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Anesthesia Blamed for Death of Wisdom Tooth Patient

The San Diego man who died as a result of wisdom tooth surgery last March lost his life due to an overdose of anesthesia. The autopsy report confirms that the man was given six different sedatives.

During the oral surgery, the patient started to cough, so he was given a dose of propofol. Subsequently, his oxygen levels dropped, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he passed away.

The dentist who performed the surgery was not available for comment, reports Fox 5 San Diego. The victim’s family is planning to take legal action but is first waiting for a report from the Dental Board of California.

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Magical Mystery Tooth: Dentist Teams Up With Scientists to Clone Beatle DNA

Dentistry Today reported almost two years ago that John Lennon’s tooth was purchased at an auction by a Canadian dentist. Now, that same dentist, Dr. Michael Zuk, is teaming up with scientists to decode the famous rock legend’s DNA.

The tooth has already had a whirlwind life, especially for something that was rotten and pulled more than 50 years ago: it has traveled the United Kingdom on an oral-cancer awareness tour, and a piece of it was integrated in a sculpture, on display to help provide cleft-palate surgery for impoverished children.

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