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Laura Dorr
Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.
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.

From 1 to 50: The top dental crimes in every state
From 1 to 50: The top dental crimes in every state
Time to flash those pearly whites - for a mugshot! We compiled a list of the top dental crimes in each and every state in the USA - and the stories we found are pretty fantastic. See what's happening in your state!
LeBron James' visit to the dentist is far from a slam dunk
LeBron James' visit to the dentist is far from a slam dunk
What do you have in common with LeBron James? Probably not a lot, as King James is exceptional at pretty much everything and should be revered as an infallible deity. One thing that brings him down to mortal status? Being in the dentist’s chair.