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Dental amalgam: Anti-mercury movement pushes for shifts in dentistry

  by Peter Frost And Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Silver tooth fillings have been placed in the mouths of Americans since before the Civil War, an inexpensive, durable and reliable material that helped form the foundation of modern dentistry. For nearly as long, they’ve been a source of controversy. Because elemental mercury – a toxic substance – […]

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Gum Disease Treatment May Help Diabetes

Edinburgh University scientists have found reducing gum inflammation in people with diabetes can help minimise complications with the condition. It is thought when bacteria infect the mouth causing inflammation the chemical changes reduce effectiveness of insulin and raise the levels of blood sugar. Treatment to reduce inflammation may therefore help reduce blood sugar. The findings […]

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History of Dentistry

The history of dentistry dates back to ancient times. Skulls from Egyptian people dated as far back as 2900 B.C. depict small holes created where tooth roots once were. These holes were probably created to drain abscesses. False teeth date back to 700 B.C., where the Etruscans designed them from ivory and bone and secured […]

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