Dental News Roundup

From the world’s first fully automatic tooth brush to a perfume that smells like baby teeth (yes, really!), plus bad news for coconut oil but really good news for dentists – here’s our pick of the web’s most interesting and useful dental news.

No Time to Brush?

Dentists say it takes two minutes to brush your teeth correctly. But if you’re really busy, you might want to take a look at this Kickstarter project that bills itself as the first fully automatic toothbrush. The device brushes all your teeth at once and promises to deliver a gleaming, healthy smile in a mere ten seconds.

The Amabrush looks like a mouth guard, and has a removable handle that stores proprietary toothpaste capsules. When you activate the Amabrush, the toothpaste is dispensed and then the brush vibrates your teeth clean.

There’s an app for iOS & Android that lets you set different vibration modes (gum massage, whitening, burst mode, …), configure cleaning time, reorder replacement parts and “do many things more!”

But what about that “special toothpaste”? The bad news is that, yup, you can’t use your favorite paste. The good news: a capsule of the toothpaste costs $3, and will last for over a month, and is made by “a major toothpaste manufacturer with a history of over 100 years,” according to the Kickstarter page. “This manufacturer fulfills the quality norm DIN EN ISO 13485 and the requirements of IFS Household and Personal Care Products, and was one of the first manufacturers in Europe retrieving the IFS-HPC certificate.”

More good news: the Amabrush mouthpiece is made of a material that blocks – according to its creators – 99.99 percent of all bacteria, and its kind to your gums too. All that for a mere $113. The project has a funding goal of $57,022 and as of this writing pledges total $839,778, with 24 days to go.

The expected retail price is about $250, but you can get the Amabrush for about half that price if you sign on as a supporter. If you’re not looking for a new way to brush your teeth, that’s totally fine – just make sure you’re doing it right.

Tooth Perfume?

Serge Lutens, a perfumer with an extremely dedicated cult following, has released a scent called “Dent de Lait” (“milk tooth”). Apparently when you wear the scent you get to relive the experience of losing your baby teeth. Dent de Lait is reported to smell “toothy” which apparently means a concoction of “warm, powdery, sweet milk,” with “dentist smells” and a metallic finishing note meant to evoke blood. Here’s a video introducing the perfume.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is having a rough time lately. It was once the star of the oil world, smeared on everything from toast to skin, heralded for its amazing abilities to cure pretty much anything. Now, it is being blamed and shamed for “oozing with (so much) artery-clogging saturated fat that lard is a healthier option.”

So, if you’ve been oil pulling – an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has been credited with preventing tooth decay, gum inflammation, and even heart disease –  should you still use coconut oil? The American Dental Association (ADA) says there’s no proof that oil pulling, no matter what oil you use, delivers on the claims made for the practice, but remains neutral on the subject apart from stressing that oil pulling is not a substitute for brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly. The ADA also warns that inhaling or swallowing while pulling oil can cause pneumonia, diarrhea or upset stomach.

Good News For Dentists!

When a scientific study was released noting that a drug previously investigated in Alzheimer’s clinical trials and a biodegradable sponge has shown promise in its ability to stimulate dentin growth the media went wild. Some news outlets claimed that the discovery would put dentists permanently out of business. Rumor-buster Snopes looked into it and the findings should soothe any dentist (and frankly, we doubt there were many) who may have been worried. Snopes noted that “besides the fact that a dentist would still need to perform this procedure, the results need to be tempered by the fact that, at the moment, they have been performed only on mouse teeth, and that clinical trials still need to be performed before the procedure could be put to use on humans.”

Twenty Years Of Not Brushing

Most of us are creeped out by the idea of not brushing our teeth at least once a day. But if you’ve ever wondered what happens if you don’t brush your teeth for … about 20 years or so, now you know. (Fair warning: don’t look if you have a delicate stomach). The good news is that dental implants saved the day. The story was featured on “Embarrassing Bodies,” a British medical reality show that uses telehealth technology to help people combat conditions that they were uncomfortable about discussing with a local doctor or dentist.

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