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  • Aug 23, 2014
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Stem cell treatment left woman with bone growing around one eye

It sounds like a nightmare. A California woman complains to her doctor about pain in one of her eyes. She leaves his office six-and-a-half hours later after surgery to remove small chunks of bone growing in her eyelid.

Friday, 25 January, 2013, 12:07pm

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

Dino tooth aches

Tooth decay is not just a problem in this age of chocolate and candy. Even dinosaurs suffered from it, scientists say. A recently found jawbone from Texas shows the earliest clues about toothache. The 275-million-year-old jawbone of a reptile has missing and rotting teeth.

20 Apr 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

Open your mouth

Long in the tooth

What do these 'tooth' phrases mean?

1 to have a sweet tooth

a. to have a toothache

b. to enjoy eating sweet things

2 to go through something with a fine-tooth comb

a. to go through something very thoroughly

b. to look at something very quickly

24 Feb 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

Pearly whites

No one looks good with vampire mouth; not even True Blood's Bill Compton can pull off the look. Photographs from a big red wine night can look downright scary, blue-red lips, grey teeth and purple tongues.

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Sports, energy drinks fail acid test

Sports and energy drinks may help to rehydrate you after a workout but sipping on these all day can damage your teeth. That's because acids in sports drinks eat away at the tooth's hard enamel coating into the dentine (bone-like structure underneath), causing the teeth to soften. If this is left untreated, it can lead to severe tooth decay.

9 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Starring: Jess Weixler, Hale Appleman, John Hensley

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Category: III

8 May 2008 - 12:00am

Dentists send warning over bleaching of teeth

The public has been warned to consult a dentist before getting teeth bleached to avoid possible complications.

Dental Association president Sigmund Leung Sai-man said yesterday the public should understand that patients with gum problems, cavities and defective fillings were unsuitable candidates for bleaching.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am