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    Newly Developed Smart Material Could Mean Less Tooth Decay

    Most people who have a cavity and visit the dentist to have it filled leave feeling like everything is taken care of and there’s nothing else to worry about. Unfortunately, it’s common for bacteria to build up under fillings and cause a new cavity, also called recurrent caries. A recent study published in Scientific Reports by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering reports that a team of researchers has developed a new material designed to help prevent cavities under fillings. New Filling Material Solves Common Problem  The filling material contains tiny particles of antimicrobial drugs that are designed to stop bacteria from accumulating around or under the tooth or filling area. In the past, one of the biggest struggles with this method has been the ability to distribute these antimicrobial drugs to the mouth for the entire life of the patient, or the life of the filling....
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    Mystical Unicorn-Themed Drink Causes Social Media Uproar

    Unicorn FrapAround the nation, Americans flocked to Starbucks locations to try the newest drink, the Unicorn Frappuccino. The brightly-colored pink and blue beverage was available for a limited time from April 19 through April 23 at select stores around the country. A statement by Starbucks read: "Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform." Although it’s too early to tell, it may have been the most shared drink on social media of all time. From Snapchat to Instagram and Facebook, the pink and blue dusted whipped cream tempted friends and followers to head to their local Starbucks...
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    The Inside Scoop on Why Saliva Matters

    mouthSaliva isn’t something the average person really thinks about on a regular basis. In fact, we usually forget about it until something goes wrong. It’s an important function of the body because saliva helps stimulate digestion, aids in chewing and swallowing and even protects teeth.So, what happens when the production of saliva stops and does it even matter? The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia. It’s normal to experience it occasionally, said Dr. John Pappas, DDS, who practices dentistry at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, Arizona. "Perhaps it comes on suddenly when nervous, stressed out or when you’re not drinking enough water," Pappas said. "That’s nothing to be alarmed about, but it is your body telling you to take notice. Chronic dry mouth, on the other hand, can be a problem for your health. Saliva helps clear food particles from the mouth and neutralize the acids found in almost all...
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    More Realistic CGI is on the Way

    3D hand blocksDisney Research and ETH Zurich, a STEM university located in Switzerland, have made a breakthrough in the world of CGI. Computer-generated imagery is used in creating characters and entire worlds in video games, movies, television, commercials, videos and more. In CGI, the human face is one area audiences pay close attention to in regards to realistic representations. It can make or break the feelings and looks the artists and directors are trying to convey in films or video games. Giving a digital character human characteristics is hard enough when it comes to large, completely observable areas of the body such as limbs. However, features like eyes and teeth aren’t even completely visible at all times and have always created quite a challenge. Now, thanks to Disney Research and ETH Zurich, something as simple as a smartphone camera can create a 3D model of someone’s teeth based on photos or videos. After...
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