Japanese dental clinic and residence in Nagano


This beautiful architectural work is located in Nagano, Japan. It is a dental clinic, but also the residence of the dentist that owns it. It is 3.75 meters high, and has an area of 274 square meters.








It’s a reinforced concrete building where the outside is made of urethane resin paint and photo-catalytic treatment. Where the inside walls and ceilings are made of acrylic acid resin paint. Homogeneous vinyl tile covers the floor. The construction was completed in the year 2005.

Tooth cupcake


Here’s how to make a cupcake in the shape of a tooth! I don’t know the exact recipe, but it’s an opportunity to be creative and try ingredients. Enjoy exploring and savouring, but don’t forget to brush your teeth after!

Tooth cupcake


Tattoo on your tooth


Did you say a tattoo in the shape of a tooth on your body? No it’s actually a tattoo on your tooth! Or at least on a dental crown that your dentist then places on your tooth.









Patient instructions for lip bumper

Lip bumper

A lip bumper is an dental appliance designed by dentists or orthodontists that has the purpose of correcting or holding into position the lower adult molar teeth and making sure that they do not come forward until the adult premolars (bicuspids) have erupted.

When a young patient is wearing a lip bumper, here are the instructions to follow:

  • a lip bumper should be worn 24 hours per day with the only exception being to brush your teeth;
  • the lip bumper has been placed so that it can be removed for thorough brushing; however, should it become obvious that you are not wearing the bumper 24 hours per day, it can be tied in permanently;
  • When wearing the lip bumper, remember to hold your lower lip up and over it rather than letting it rest under the wire;
  • when removing the lip bumper for brushing, pull it out in a straight forward motion; don’t lift up on the appliance or rock it back and forth because this might eventually loosen the bands;
  • The lip bumper is a comfortable appliance and should not cause sore spots or break the skin; If you are having any problems with the it, call your dental office and they will adjust the lip bumper comfortably.

Is drinking carbonated water bad for you?


Some people think that carbonated water is as bad for your health as colas and soft drinks are. But scientific research has proved that some myths are wrong.

Facts about carbonated water:

  • it does not leach calcium from your bones;
  • it does not cause kidney stones;
  • it mildly strips the enamel from your teeth;
  • it mildly damages your stomach.

Source: Business Insider

We are what we eat



I was on Facebook today and found this illustration about a person eating a hamburger and fries, and drinking soda. That person seemed to be pregnant with Ronald McDonald himself!

The illustration might be an exaggeration, but I like the point it’s trying to make, that our body becomes the food that we eat. If we consume healthy foods, we tend to be healthier. But if we eat a lot of fast food, then we look and become unhealthy!

Another dental illustration by Victor Nunes


Last summer, I had displayed some of the artistic creations of Victor Nunes. He is a Brazilian artist who uses foods or instruments to complete his drawings, creating unique masterpieces! He had used toothbrushes as well.

But now I found something new that he designed. A drawing using dental instruments, which look more like orthodontic pliers! Above is what it looks like! And here’s the one with the toothbrushes :)

victor nunes toothbrushes

Palatal expansion

Palatal expansion

A palatal expansion is the use of an appliance placed in the mouth to make a constricted palate more wide. The following video summarizes the procedure.

A narrow palate usually allows less space for upper teeth, causing malocclusion, which is a bad relationship between teeth that gives them a misaligned appearance. Malocclusion also makes it hard to eat and brush your teeth, provoking malnutrition and other dental problems.

It is possible to expand the palate of children, teenagers, and sometimes young adults. There are many types of expanding appliances, but each usually covers the palate and holds on the upper teeth. Activation needs to be done with the expansion screw that is found in the middle of the appliance. The whole process can take several months to a year.


Toothaches were believed to be caused by… worms?


There was a time that people didn’t know the existence of cavities, and even less the world the microscopic bacteria. Therefore when someone had a toothache, they believed that it was caused by very little worms!

The idea now sounds very nasty, but around the 15th century, the dentist profession didn’t exist, and physicians thought that there were “tooth worms” that were causing teeth to hurt and to break apart! Those doctors prescribed a remedy for toothaches that involved lighting a candle and letting the smoke go inside your mouth and fill it. Then, you would lean your head over a warm bowl of water so the pain-causing tooth worms would fall out of your mouth and into the water.

The idea is very disturbing, even for a dentist like me. It makes me so glad that now, to treat a toothache, you can go to place and let professionals take care of you in a sterilized environment!


Do all animals have two sets of teeth like humans?

shark water

Human beings have 2 sets of teeth, also called dentitions. They are referred to as deciduous teeth (primary, baby or milk teeth) and permanent teeth (or adult teeth). Deciduous teeth in humans start coming out 6 to 10 months after birth, and they are eventually replaced by permanent teeth years later, usually starting around the age of 6.

Humans and all animals that have 2 consecutive sets of teeth are called diphyodont. In contrast, polyphyodont are animals who’s teeth are replaced many times. Most mammals are diphyodont, except kangaroos, elephants and manatees.

Among polyphyodont animals, for example, sharks grow a new set of teeth almost every two weeks because their teeth get worn fast and they need to be replaced. Also young and teenage crocodiles have their teeth changed with larger ones every month for reasons similar to the ones of the sharks, but this rate slows down for adult crocodiles.

Many other species of fish and reptiles are polyphyodonts. This phenomena, especially in crocodiles, is presently studied in order to research possible tooth generation in humans.


Stopping the Ebola outbreak


As of the day this article was published, there is no cure and no approved vaccine for the Ebola virus and the disease is continuing its spread in Western Africa. This virus is very dangerous because it makes its victims sick very quickly and it has a 50-70 % fatality rate.

Currently, the best prevention against the spread of Ebola is the application of basic disease interventions, which are summarized, in the following infographic, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States.


The first step is to diagnose patients who are sick with Ebola. Those would express symptoms of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, and bleeding. The only way to make an accurate diagnosis is by taking blood samples and sending to a good laboratory.

When a patient is diagnosed with Ebola, he or she must be isolated and all the aid helpers must wear protective gear. That patient is asked who are the people that were contacted while there were symptoms. Those contacts must be monitored for 21 days (incubation period of Ebola). If any one them showed the same symptoms, they should be tested, and then isolated in a similar way if the diagnosis is positive.

Also to help stopping the spread of Ebola, health care workers must wear protective gear and keep a clean environment. If a patient dies, safe and disinfected burial practices should be conducted. Also, it is not recommended to eat raw animal meat because many mammals (primates, bats, etc.) can transmit the virus to humans.


Mr. Bean at the dentist!

This is a classic, where Mr. Bean goes to a dental appointment and everything seems to go wrong! But don’t worry as when you see your dentist, these things won’t happen :)