A Five-million-year-old fossilized tooth found last week in Australia

HUGE TOOTH FROM WHALE-EATING GIANT FOUND IN AUSTRALIA A huge tooth from an even bigger whale has been found on a beach near Melbourne, Australia. But it’s not just any tooth—the biggest ever discovered on the continent, it belongs to an extinct giant believed to have weighed nearly 45 tons and measured 60 feet in length. The tooth itself is just less than a foot long, and 6 pounds. The chomper was found by fossil enthusiast Murray Orr, who happened upon it in February. When he reached down to get it, he first thought the tooth was a discarded can, he told The Sydney
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5 Fantastic Vegetables in Season in the Spring

Even the most exotic veggies are available year-round in most areas…but when it comes to healthy eating and really enjoying your food, fresh is always better, and that means buying seasonally and buying locally. Spring is the best time of the year to start the habit of buying seasonally and locally. Check those labels at your neighborhood market; haunt the best farmers’ markets near your home and you’ll find a whole new world waiting, with vegetables that are great for your body and great for your dental health. Here are just a few examples of what spring has to offer:
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Five Great Alternatives to the All-Candy Easter Basket

Easter is a great family holiday, and we all want it to be super-special for everyone. But, you don’t want to hurt your children’s oral health with a constant stream of chocolate and candy. Here are some healthy alternatives that keep the joy of Easter alive while avoiding the worst effects of sweets. Fill that basket with: Fruits and (home-baked, lower-sugar) cookies Peanut butter cookies and bran muffins are great and tasty Plastic eggs with tiny toys or coins are colorful and fun Little books about the holiday, maybe coloring books and crayons Small stuffed toys to play with and
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Seven Ways to Make Easter Easier on your Teeth

Here’s a terrifying statistic: over 80 million chocolate Easter eggs will be eaten this holiday season, and we all know what damage that can do to your teeth… more importantly, your children’s teeth. How can you minimize the effect of all those sweets? Here are a few helpful hints: The best Easter treats are the ones that “melt in your mouth”. The worst is anything hard, sticky, or both. Dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate, but less is better, regardless of the type. Look for smaller eggs with a lower sugar content. Give your kids access to the sweets
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The future for your teeth: lasers instead of drills?

Mechanical drills have been part of oral care for decades, but twenty-first century technology may finally be catching up with the introduction of laser drills. They can actually create a temporary pain-killing effect. Laser drills can be used to remove and replace old composite or plastic fillings, and some even remove tooth decay. While other lasers have been available in the past, they’ve generally been slower and less practical. Now new models are available that remove tooth decay by pulsing a light of a specific wavelength, a wavelength that is readily absorbed by the mineral content in the tooth. It’s
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How to deal with sensitive teeth

Cold drinks, cold food, even cold air and sweets can cause unexpected discomfort at the worst possible time – when you’re trying to enjoy some of your favorite foods. What does it mean and what can you do to minimize it? First, be sure that sensitivity isn’t part of some larger and more serious issue. For the most part, “sensitivity” lasts no more than a few seconds, and the trigger should be obvious – something cold or sweet that’s touched the tooth. If the pain persists, or if there’s throbbing as well, or if there’s not an obvious trigger…see your
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