Category Archives: General Health

Lost in Space

America’s Skylab astronauts were trained in pulling teeth and stitching wounds to avoid the possibility of having their flights cut short by health problems.

The special training was aimed at setting space endurance records.

Source: The Canberra Times, Sat 03 Mar, 1973

Heart Health

It is estimated that 6% of patients with pain of heart origin, display symptoms solely in the craniofacial (jaws and teeth) region…



Craniofacial pain as the sole symptom of cardiac ischemia: a prospective multicenter study.

Kreiner M, Okeson JP, Michelis V, Lujambio M, Isberg A.

J Am Dent Assoc. 2007 Jan;138(1):74-9.

Yin and Yang

According to traditional Chinese belief, it is considered bad luck not to lose teeth with advancing age…


Source: An exploration of oral health beliefs and attitudes of Chinese in West Yorkshire: a qualitative investigation.

Kwan SY, Holmes MA. Health Educ Res. 1999 Aug;14(4):453-60.


Lead head shivers

like a chilli Chihuahua

whose blue cheese lips ring

fallen arches chatter boxing beside

a gherkin sandwiched tongue

hanging from a saw palmetto


Phlegmatic outpourings plus sinful exhalation

from holey places

incense a fog horn proboscis

dam trickled with descendants

of onion skinned eyes

first seared in the rising desert westerly


Socratic paralysis entrenches

the top heavy torso in isolation

wheezing for picrotoxin consolidation

as the mephistophilian virus flew pandemic

opportune to susceptible defences

of living mortal flesh


The estimated incidence of suffering from a true allergic reaction to local anesthetic in the dental surgery is 1 in 22 million*.

In comparative terms, you have a better chance of being canonized (1 in 20 million),^

or of dying in a Grand Canyon flash flood (1 in 14,270,000)…



*Severe adverse reactions to dental local anaesthetics: systemic reactions.

Sambrook PJ, Smith W, Elijah J, Goss AN.

Aust Dent J. 2011 Jun;56(2):148-53

^20 things more likely to happen than winning the Mega Millions lottery

By , Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28 2012 4:33 p.m. MST

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Oral Cancer

The Facts

  • Oral cancer is the 8th most common cancer worldwide.
  • Approximately 90% of oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco use and excessive alcohol intake.
  • Exposure of the lips to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for lengthy periods is an added risk factor for lip cancer.
  • Oral cancer survival rates for 3 and 5 years have improved with newer treatment approaches but are still considered unsatisfactory in late stage disease.


The treatment of oral cancer: an overview for dental professionals.

Deng H, Sambrook PJ, Logan RM.

Aust Dent J. 2011 Sep;56(3):244-52, 341. doi: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2011.01349.x. Review.


Strengthening the prevention of oral cancer: the WHO perspective.

Petersen PE.

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2005 Dec;33(6):397-9.

Mercury Rising

Do mercury containing fillings cause Multiple Sclerosis?

Well, according to a systematic review of the available evidence, there is no significant link between the two.

Further research is required.

Source: Dental amalgam and multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Aminzadeh KK, Etminan M.

J Public Health Dent. 2007 Winter;67(1):64-6. Review.