Creating replacement parts for various bits of the human body is one of the many areas in which 3D printing has huge potential. Dental implants are on that list, too, and if new research out of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands comes to fruition, 3D-printed replacement teeth could come with the added bonus of being able to destroy 99 percent of bacteria that they come into contact with.
Flossing is one of those chores many of us don't look forward to, but it's essential to good oral hygiene. That's why the folks at Flosstime in California have created a solution to make this element of personal hygiene a routine we can enjoy – or at least, one that we remember to do.
Bruxism – or "tooth-grinding" to most of us – is a very common problem.
Often caused by stress, it can cause tooth damage, headaches, insomnia
and jaw pain. Unfortunately, because it occurs when we're sleeping, many
people don't even realize they're doing it. Often, a night spent under
observation at a sleep clinic is the only way of "catching it in
action." That could be about to change, however, thanks to the
development of a bruxism-detecting mouth guard.
Having clean, healthy teeth is important, and doing so involves using a quality toothbrush. Project creator Ryan Donaghy is aiming to make the electric toothbrush a little better and a whole lot cooler, with the introduction of the T.brush (pronounced "T dot brush").