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Laura Dorr
Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.
Wise move? Man proposes to girlfriend with ring made from wisdom tooth
Wise move? Man proposes to girlfriend with ring made from wisdom tooth
A toothbrush is all one California woman needs to clean her engagement ring – because in lieu of a diamond, her engagement ring features her fiancée’s tooth.
New germ-killing paint helps stop infection in dental practices, hospitals
New germ-killing paint helps stop infection in dental practices, hospitals
Despite best infection control practices, surfaces in medical facilities such as dental practices and hospitals are inevitable breeding grounds for bacteria. Now, Sherwin-Williams has introduced a new paint that can kill infectious pathogens on painted surfaces.
Dentist arrested for allegedly trafficking 20-30 pounds of marijuana EVERY MONTH
Dentist arrested for allegedly trafficking 20-30 pounds of marijuana EVERY MONTH
What’s a dentist to do when his drug-trafficker son goes to prison? Why, take over the family business, of course! One California dentist who thought this was a good idea is now being held on $75K bail after being busted for his participation in a cross-country drug smuggling operation.
The 9 craziest ways people have pulled teeth
The 9 craziest ways people have pulled teeth
Losing a tooth is a right of passage of sorts, and some parents are ensuring that it is a memorable one for their loose-toothed children. We gathered up the nine most creative, bizarre and downright insane ways that folks have pulled loose baby teeth, and boy, are they impressive.
The 9 craziest ways people have pulled teeth
Losing a tooth is a right of passage of sorts, and some parents are ensuring that it is a memorable one for their loose-toothed children. We gathered up the nine most creative, bizarre and downright insane ways that folks have pulled loose baby teeth, and boy, are they impressive.
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in children
Study finds secondhand smoke exposure linked to increased dental decay in children
It’s a no brainer that smoking is bad for your health, and the health of those subjected to your secondhand smoke. Now, researchers say that secondhand smoke can have even more detrimental effects than previously believed – on the dental health of children.
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungus
Researchers developing ‘Trojan horse' to combat oral fungus
The Trojan horse ploy worked for the Greeks, and now it’s working for researchers, too. A team from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is employing the age-old strategy to combat a common oral fungus – and it appears they will win the battle.
Will humans soon be able to regrow teeth? New research gets one step closer to making it happen.
Will humans soon be able to regrow teeth? New research gets one step closer to making it happen.
Knock an adult tooth out, and you’re out of luck: Humans only get two sets of teeth that have to last for an entire lifetime. Not true for one type of fish, that can constantly regrow teeth to replace missing ones – a fish that researchers hope holds the secret to tooth regeneration in humans.
Can xylitol reduce the risk of caries in patients with orthodontic appliances?
Can xylitol reduce the risk of caries in patients with orthodontic appliances?
Anyone who’s had a fixed orthodontic appliance knows how frustrating oral hygiene can become. Fixed appliances often make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and plaque, which can accumulate under the appliance. In an attempt to abort development of bacteria, researchers recently examined if daily doses of xylitol could make a difference.
Should dentists provide family-planning services?
Should dentists provide family-planning services?
With the debate about Planned Parenthood raging, Louisiana attorneys set out to put together a list of health care providers that could provide equivalent family-planning care should Planned Parenthood be defunded. However, the list included some unconventional options – options that left many people skeptical and scratching their heads.