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The First Virtual Brushing Simulator Will Help Revolutionise Toothbrush Design

A lot of products, including toothbrushes, rely on the physical testing of prototype after prototype to help perfect a design. But it’s an expensive and time consuming process, so researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a virtual brushing simulator that promises to revolutionise how toothbrushes are designed and tested.

These Terrifyingly Real Teeth Were Made By A New Dental 3D Printer

The world is still trying to figure out why every home would need a 3D printer, but in the professional world they continue to thrive. At the International Dental Show currently going on in Germany, Stratasys announced a new 3D printer that uses multiple materials at once to create startlingly realistic dental models in a single print run.

A Simple Blast Of Laser Could Help Your Teeth Grow Back

Teeth don’t grow back, as your dentist might like to remind you while revving up the drill for a root canal. But scientists have now found a way to regenerate dentin, the hard stuff in the middle of the tooth, right in the mouth. It’s surprisingly simple too — all it takes is a blast of laser.

Tiny Plasma Blowtorch Doesn't Let Your Teeth Join The Dark Side

Described as a cross between a lightsaber and Listerine, scientists at the University of Southern California have invented a tiny, world’s first, plasma blowtorch that is to be used for medical procedures—specifically in annihilating plaque.

The Laser Toothbrush Pew! Pews! Logical Reasoning

Colgate? Dead. Crest? Gone. Aquafresh? Don’t make us laugh. Look, people—laser toothbrushes are here. That means no more tarter, cavities or root canals. Life will be better. From the manufacturer Smart Miracles:

Dental Air Force Pressure Washes Your Pearly Whites

You know how a pressure washer can clean all of the crap off the side of your house and into those hard-to-reach gutters? Well, picture the same thing—only with your teeth.

The Toothbrush of the Future, the Toothsponge

In Brazilian industrial designer Fabio Dabori’s world, we won’t brush our teeth with bristles, synthetic reminders of a barbaric time we cleaned our teeth with animal hair. No, we are enlightened beings, and we will make our pearly whites beam eerily with…a sponge. Electric toothsponges.

Tooth Regeneration Tech Could Make Fillings Obsolete

Scientists are hard at work on making teeth regrow the crystals that make up dentin and enamel, allowing them to phase out fillings and drillings completely. The goal is to spot tooth decay early and then get the teeth to grow healthy tooth-matter over the bad spots. No fuss, no muss. They say that the tech will be ready for primetime in just a few years. So long, toothbrush! I don’t need you anymore! [Wired via Neatorama]

ShowerFloss Replaces Flossing With Something You Might Actually Do

Flossing sucks. I tell my dentist I floss, but I really don’t, because I hate flossing. Using a waterpik is a nice alternative to flossing, but I’m not the kind of guy who goes out and buys fancy appliances for my mouth. This, however, could change that: the ShowerFloss. Attach it in your shower behind your showerhead and add your gums to the list of body parts you clean in the shower. It comes with two different coloured piks so you and your significant other can share the bounty of healthy gums, and it’ll set you back a mere $US25. Your dentist will be so proud! [Book of Joe]

Simroid the Retarded Robot's Sensitive Mouth Trains Dentists, Perverts

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Say hello to Simroid, a new robot from Japan designed to help train dentists. Forgive me for being a little off-colour here, but this thing looks like it’s better suited to give BJs, but it’s looking a little too downsy to sell well in any of Japan’s numerous sex shops. In any case, it’s loaded up with sensitive teeth so it can say “that hurts” if it gets stabbed in the gums or something. It also has a gag reflex so it can react if an “instrument” is stuck down its throat. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to step away from the keyboard before I write jokes about this thing that’ll get me fired. Must… practice… restraint… [IT Media via Pink Tentacle]

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