Oral health

Fossil reveals that humans have climate change to thank for the shape of our teeth

A 300 million-year-old fossil found in the US is shedding new light on how climate change shaped the way our teeth look today.

Millions are dying from antimicrobial resistance, according to a new report

The Lancet recently published an estimate of the number of deaths caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which was based on an analysis of 204 countries by a team of international researchers, led...

DIY dentistry: superglue

Two different stories of patients using superglue to treat their own dental problems were recently shared within hours of each other online.

Three in 10 Brits can’t access an NHS dentist

Despite the hard work of dental teams during the pandemic, nearly a third (30 per cent) of people in the UK haven’t been able to access an NHS dentist in the past year, a new report reveals.

BBC Apprentice candidates design electric brushes

A recent episode of ‘The Apprentice’ tasked the teams to design an electric toothbrush aimed at children.

Figures show drop in the dental profession

From From April 2020 to June 2021, 23,733 dentists performed NHS activity - a decrease of 951 on the previous year.

Louisville researchers reveal how oral bacteria suppress protection against viral growth

Researchers from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and their colleagues have discovered details of how proteins produced by oral epithelial cells protect humans against viruses entering...

Children’s ‘chalky teeth’ explained

Australian and Chilean researchers solve a 100-year-old mystery and call for education and research to save millions of teeth worldwide.

High number of children waiting for dental care in NI

BBC News NI has reportedly obtained figures that show more than 500 children in the country are waiting for urgent dental treatment. However, the figure does not include the hundreds of children that...

Gum disease increases risk of other illness such as mental health and heart conditions

A University of Birmingham-led study shows an increased risk of patients developing illnesses including mental ill-health and heart conditions if they have a GP-inputted medical history of periodontal...

Is there a link between dementia and missing teeth?

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) has identified a potential risk factor for dementia that can be found in the mouth.

Students offer free dentistry

The University of Portsmouth Dental Academy has been offering free dental care to homeless people.