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Root Canal Takes Biden Out of Action

Monday meeting with NATO chief was postponed

(Newser) - President Biden underwent a root canal after experiencing some dental pain—a procedure that took him out of commission for his public events on Monday. Biden's personal physician, Kevin O'Connor, said in a memo released by the White House that Biden reported the pain in his lower right...

Dentist Who Purposely Broke Patients' Teeth Hears His Fate

Scott Charmoli of Jackson, Wis., found guilty of health care fraud, making false statements

(Newser) - Update: A Wisconsin dentist has been found guilty of purposely breaking his patients' teeth so he could rake in millions from insurance companies to fix them. Per the Washington Post , 61-year-old Scott Charmoli of Jackson was convicted on Thursday of five counts of health care fraud and two counts of...

Cops: Woman With No License Yanked 13 Teeth From Patient

Laurel Eich was arrested after break-in at Nevada dental office she worked at

(Newser) - Police investigating a break-in at a dental office in Nevada uncovered a more disturbing crime. Police say Laurel Eich, the 42-year-old dental office employee accused of breaking into the office and stealing more than $22,000 in cash and checks from a drawer, also pulled 13 teeth from one person...

As Masks Come Off, People Try to Get Their Teeth Straight

Orthodontists, companies report jump in business

(Newser) - It might be too late to learn a new language before returning to the workplace, but many people are hurrying to have their teeth straightened after months of staring at themselves on Zoom calls. One New York orthodontist said new inquiries have risen 50% since fall. And the owner of...

How One Man Racked Up $1M in Student Debt

Orthodontist and his wife lived frugally but the bills kept piling up

(Newser) - Mike Meru has a staggering student-loan problem: He owes lenders $1,060,945.42. He is making payments, but still, his debt grows $130 every day. And the 37-year-old orthodontist is not alone. There are currently 101 borrowers who owe more than $1 million in student loans, and there are...

CDC Wants to Know What's Killing Dentists in Virginia

Cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis higher among dentists at Virginia care center

(Newser) - A deadly lung disease is killing dentists in Virginia at a notably high rate, and the CDC wants to know why, CNN reports. Friday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reveals eight dentists and a dental technician were treated for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at a Virginia care center between 2000...

What Began as Toothache Ends With Young Dad's Death

Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich struggled to breathe in Utah

(Newser) - When Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich departed from his home in Antelope, Calif., earlier this month, the long-haul truck driver had no idea he'd be doing so for the last time. But Fox40 reports the 26-year-old developed a toothache that forced him off the road in Oklahoma, where a dentist cleaned...

Filling a Cavity May Never Be the Same

Alzheimer's drug tideglusib gets them to fill themselves

(Newser) - A novel therapy holds real promise in changing the way dentists treat your cavities—they'd get the cavities to fill themselves. As the Guardian reports, researchers at King's College London found that they could stimulate stem cells within the teeth to regenerate through a relatively simple approach: They...

The Main Reason People Avoid the Dentist Isn't Fear

Many adults, even those with insurance, don't want to face the costs

(Newser) - The biggest reason people skip out on going to the dentist isn't fear or inconvenience; it's cost, KIDY reports. A study published this month in Health Affairs found people are more likely to forego dental health because of cost than any other type of health care. And that'...

Toddler Dies Following Dental Procedure

Dental staff couldn't get Marvelena Rady to wake up

(Newser) - A California family is "devastated" after a 3-year-old girl died Saturday following a dental procedure in San Ramon, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , staff at Dentalbliss called 911 when they were unable to get Marvelena Rady to wake up following a procedure. She...

New Fillings Can Repair Teeth From the Inside

They stimulate stem cells to regrow dentin: scientists

(Newser) - Imagine a world without root canals. It's possible with what the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry calls "a new paradigm for dental treatments." Scientists at Nottingham and Harvard universities say they've developed dental fillings that stimulate stem cells to regrow and heal damaged teeth. Researcher...

'Horror Dentist' Learns His Fate

Jacobus van Nierop sentenced to 8 years in jail

(Newser) - France's " horror dentist " won't get close to a patient's teeth again. Dutchman Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was convicted of aggravated assault and fraud in the French town of Nevers on Tuesday, banned from practicing dentistry, sentenced to eight years in jail, and fined $11,900,...

Cops: Dental Hygienist Hired Felon to Kill Popular Dentist

The dentist had been dating her ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - Police say a dental hygienist planned and commissioned the murder of a popular Dallas dentist last month, the New York Daily News reports. "It was a murder for hire," Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 33-year-old Brenda Delgado, who...

Tooth Reveals Earliest Known Visit to Dentist

About 14K years ago in Italy

(Newser) - Prehistoric man got cavities, too, and just like us, they had to go to the dentist. Researchers studying a 14,000-year-old infected molar say someone tried to clean it with flint tools—a discovery that amounts to the first known evidence of dentistry, reports Atlas Obscura . The patient was a...

Dentist Under Fire for Restraining Kids—Legally

The device is called a 'papoose board'

(Newser) - When James Crow took his 5-year-old daughter Elizabeth to Smiles R Us in Carrolton, Georgia, he didn't expect to leave so shaken. But he tells WSB-TV that after he and his mother were told they couldn't be with Elizabeth while her tooth was being pulled, they heard shouting...

27% of Adults Lie About Flossing

And your dentist knows

(Newser) - When dentists ask if we've been flossing our teeth, 27% of us lie, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Periodontology. But, as NPR notes, your dentist can tell whether you're telling the truth on this particular matter—and the two dental health professionals it...

Soon, Your Cavities May Fill Themselves

Scientists discover replacement for fillings

(Newser) - What if instead of having a dentist drill and fill your cavities, you could have your teeth painlessly heal themselves? A team of scientists says it has developed a technique that does precisely that, the Guardian reports. The process, called "Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization," uses a tiny...

Pentagon Working on 'Combat Gum' for Soldiers

... to cut down on costly dental problems

(Newser) - War is hell, and trying to fight one with a toothache is even worse, which brings us to ... Combat Gum. This is a real product being developed by the Army—gum that soldiers in the field can chew to kill disease-carrying bacteria and ward off expensive dental problems, reports the...

Soda as Bad for Your Teeth as Meth

 Soda as Bad for 
 Your Teeth as Meth 

Soda as Bad for Your Teeth as Meth

Study found "almost identical" tooth damage in one case

(Newser) - A severe soda addiction can be as terrible for your teeth as a meth or crack habit, according to a case study in General Dentistry spotted by NPR . Study author Mohamed Bassiouny says he noticed the frightening similarities during his 20 years treating dental patients at Philadelphia and Appalachia clinics....

60 of Disgraced Dentist's Patients Have Hepatitis

Just 3,122 of 7K patients tested so far

(Newser) - An investigation into an Oklahoma dentist accused of major health violations at his clinic for years has turned up at least 60 patients with hepatitis, reports ABC News . More than 7,000 former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington were sent warning letters in March that Harrington had regularly re-used...

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