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Chinese skull study reveals ancestors had better oral health

Our ancient ancestors had better jaw alignment and less tooth decay because they ate more fibre-rich foods, while we eat more sugar and finer food, researchers have concluded after looking at skulls from 4,000 years ago.

Monday, 5 November, 2012, 5:45am

Shorts: oral health

There's an old saying that goes: you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep. If that's the case, then nearly half of Hongkongers don't want their fangs.

28 Aug 2012 - 6:11pm

Careers take off at Airport Authority

On July 6, 1998, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) made history by moving the city's airport from Kai Tak to its present location on Lantau Island in one single night - a testament to the professionalism of its staff.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Regular dental regimen can prevent major problems

Brushing teeth daily and maintaining good oral hygiene is important, and it is equally vital to look after your pets' teeth and gums.

A friend found out the hard way when he noticed that his cat kept backing away from its food bowl every time it tried to eat. It turns out the cat has periodontitis and has to have all its teeth removed. An expensive exercise.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Woman sues dentist, HKU and hospital over cancer

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Stop the rot

On a recent community visit, I met an 80-year-old recipient of food aid who was completely toothless and without dentures. She could not chew food and just swallowed it. As a result, she was avoiding high-fibre foods like vegetables, as they were harder to swallow; not surprisingly, she suffers from constipation.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The terrible tooth ... and what to do about it

Everyone will remember the strapline from Jaws: 'Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water'. John Williams, who wrote the film score, described the dramatic theme music as being reminiscent of a shark: 'instinctual, relentless, unstoppable'.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Jurisdictions of the jaw

If you feel pain in your jaw, what kind of specialist should you see? Most people would turn to either an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist or a head and neck surgeon. But the person you should really be seeing is an oral and maxillofacial specialist.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dental patients deserve better

We rely on dentists as well as doctors to protect our health and well-being. However different their training, we expect them to keep up with the highest standards. It is reassuring that both professions in this city enjoy high reputations, safeguarded by their own watchdogs, the medical and dental councils.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rise of 'cultured' corporates

How many times have you found yourself in your office, realising how 'dead' it is? Or soul-destroying. Or full of zombies in suits. The corporate world can be cold-hearted, demoralising and deathly dull. But it doesn't have to be. And indeed some workplaces aren't - they do motivate staff and excite consumers. These are the companies that generally do well.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Brushing once a day can ensure cats have healthy teeth throughout their lives

Eleven-year-old domestic short-hair cat Simba started having dental problems when he was two. Owner Marni Lee remembers the visit to the veterinarian.

'The vet said the two bottom fangs were abscessed and rotten,' Lee says. 'The gum was discoloured to a dusty grey, and close to the gums were almost black.' Shortly afterwards, Simba's abscessed teeth were taken out.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Dental care service for the eldery

The government will launch an outreach dental service for senior citizens from April, offering free primary dental care and education about oral hygiene. The three-year, HK$76 million pilot scheme will cover about 100,000 people who live in homes for the elderly or go to day care centres. Lawmakers welcomed the plan but criticised it for not including payment for false teeth.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A dental question to chew over

Ruby asks: Can chewing gum really strengthen our teeth?

Wynnie says: People have enjoyed chewing gum-like substances for centuries - the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and early Native Americans chewed resin from trees.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Our Dental Council has to take this path

We have no hesitation in treating dentists with the same reverence that we accord doctors. Both work in medicine, with their goal being to ensure our health and well-being. Regardless of how different their training, we expect both to maintain the highest standards.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

The toothy truth about sports drinks

Malinee asks: Is it true that sports drinks are bad for your teeth?

6 Dec 2009 - 12:00am