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Laura Dorr
Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.
Dental practices targeted by cyber ransom attacks
Dental practices targeted by cyber ransom attacks

Electronic records can protect patient files from office catastrophes such as fire or natural disasters, but storing your patient database electronically poses other dangers. In a story that is becoming all too familiar, a Minnesota dentist learned this the hard way after his patient data was held hostage by computer hackers.

Does having more children equal fewer teeth for mothers?
Does having more children equal fewer teeth for mothers?

“Jedes kind kostet die mutter einen zahn,” says an old German saying; “every child costs the mother one tooth.” While many people dismiss old wives tales, this is one that has some basis in reality: According to researchers at New York University, the risk of tooth loss and gum disease increases with the number of children a woman bears.

Man's (un)forgettable dental visit results in bizarre amnesia
Man's (un)forgettable dental visit results in bizarre amnesia
Many people dread going to the dentist, but at least they only have to think about it a few times a year. This is not the case for one British man who, due to a bizarre case of amnesia, wakes up every morning thinking it’s the day of his dental appointment.
Studies find sunbathing linked to gum disease prevalence
Studies find sunbathing linked to gum disease prevalence

While stretching out in the sun this summer has its cancer-causing risks, it can also ensure a healthier smile. Research has found that a healthy dose of sunlight could actually help stave off gum disease and increase gum health.

11,000 dental patients potentially exposed to HIV, hepatitis in clinic hygiene breaches
11,000 dental patients potentially exposed to HIV, hepatitis in clinic hygiene breaches

Almost 11,000 Australian patients have been warned that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases due to appalling hygiene negligence in Sydney dental clinics.

Everything we need to know about teeth, we learned from Shark Week
Everything we need to know about teeth, we learned from Shark Week

In all our years of fanatically watching Shark Week, we’ve learned a few things: Don’t go swimming at dusk; avoid inserting body parts into a shark’s mouth; we’ll probably need a bigger boat, and, perhaps most interestingly, that a shark can endlessly replace its teeth—which could have major implications for human dental health.

5 famous Americans you didn’t know were dentists
America: Home to revolutionaries, heroes, Wild West gunslingers, Olympic legends and artistic geniuses. What do all those country-shaping patriots have in common? Many of them were also dentists.
Presidential false teeth: The myth of George Washington's dentures, debunked
Presidential false teeth: The myth of George Washington's dentures, debunked

Even the greatest leaders can’t be perfect. In George Washington’s case, one big shortcoming was his infamously terrible teeth. Equally infamous, Washington’s wooden dentures have become the stuff of legend… a factually incorrect legend, as Washington never actually sported dentures made from wood.

Study finds accuracy of impression techniques may be affected by partial vs. complete edentulism
Study finds accuracy of impression techniques may be affected by partial vs. complete edentulism

A recent study out of Tufts University found that the accuracy of impression techniques can be affected by partial vs. complete edentulism. The study evaluated the differing levels of success of conventional and digital impression techniques in partially and completely edentulous patients.  It also assessed the effect different variables, such as materials, angulation, and connection type, had in regard to the accuracy of implant impressions.

Study finds missing teeth can predict cardiovascular events
Study finds missing teeth can predict cardiovascular events

A recent study found that tooth loss could be a predictor for future cardiovascular events, diabetes and even death.