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Permanent link  New play pokes fun at dentists, dental meetings


The phone is ringing and the e-mails are stacking up in my inbox: "Do you know about this? What's the deal?"

The reason for all this alarm, or in some cases, wry amusement? A play entitled "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting," which debuted last week at the Chicago Dramatists and was reviewed today in both the city's major newspapers.  

Disclaimer: the play has no relationship to the Chicago Dental Society or the society's annual Midwinter Meeting.

The play follows the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the North Shore Regional Dental Society as they get together for their annual Midwinter Meeting. Romantic entanglements, questionable professional ethics and scandal rule the weekend.

The reviews so far have been mixed. Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones gives the show a middling review, concluding "If everybody could dial the over-the-top sketch-humor back and reacquaint themselves with more prosaic dental realities, this show could find some gold under that porcelain veneer."
But Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss raves in today's paper, "At each and every turn [playwright Laura Jacqmin] hands us a sly surprise and searing insight. This is a playwright who possesses a keen eye for character types (though she always supplies unexpected traits), as well as a fine sense of human cruelty and weakness, and idealism gone amok."

Several members have called to say they are buying tickets to see the play, and a few staff confess to being curious enough to see it too. Do you plan on going? Have you already seen it? Leave us a comment and let us know you think.


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Yes, go see this play! It's a blast!

Posted by: blackd209 ( on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  Zoom into a tooth


I received a link to this video from one our members, with the enthusiastic note, "Way too cool!!!!!!!!!! A lesson in how bonding works."

This video reveals the structure of a tooth all the way to its atomic structure.


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Permanent link  Ill give you my coffee when you pry it from my cold, dead...


An interesting look at foods that feed caries, from Dental Products Report. I was patting myself on the back for avoiding soda and sweets until I got to this sentence:

Coffees, teas and alcohol may not feature sugar on their ingredient list, but they are very acidic and contribute to dental caries.


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Dental care is very important in one's life and should be taken care of from an early age. Still, there are many products damaging for the teeth that can't be avoided so it's better to use dental products to reduce their effects.

Posted by: prodds ( on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  Well, Ill be a monkeys dentist


Japanese researchers have made a startling discovery: Monkeys floss!

From the AFP story:

[The] research team [at at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute] observed seven female long-tailed macaques and their offspring and monitored how often the mothers cleaned the spaces between their teeth with strands of human hair, in a colony of 250 animals near Bangkok.

The study found that the frequency of teeth-cleaning roughly doubled and became more elaborate when the infant monkeys were watching, suggesting that the females were deliberately teaching their young how to floss, he said.

So how many of you will now tell your patients, "If a monkey can do it, so can you"?

Updated: Video of the flossing monkeys, for those interested.


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Permanent link  Your new favorite typeface


Hey everybody, it's your new favorite typeface- Heldentica:Check out photos of the font's creation here. If you want Heldentica to use in your documents or website, you can download it here.



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