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    “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…”

    Everyone remembers the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" song from old Coke ads, right?

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    The Center for Science in the Public Interest recreated this ad using men and women who have been diagnosed with high sugar-related illnesses, and it's pretty jarring.

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    As a couple sings, "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony," it's revealed that they suffer from type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

    As a couple sings, "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony," it's revealed that they suffer from type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

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    "Liquid calories gave her diabetes, which really ain't so sweet."

    "Liquid calories gave her diabetes, which really ain't so sweet."

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    Charlotte Bateman, 49, didn’t want to go out in public after an undiagnosed gum disease did this to her teeth.

    This is Charlotte Bateman, 49, a baker from Collington in Herefordshire.

    This is Charlotte Bateman, 49, a baker from Collington in Herefordshire.

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    She told PA Real Life that she had raised concerns about the fact that her teeth were "drifting" around her mouth, but her gum disease remained undiagnosed.

    "When I would visit the dentist my gums would bleed so much during the examinations that they would have to stop and get me to rinse every time an instrument was put in my mouth," she said.

    "One day, when I was flossing at home, a piece of debris got pushed up and lodged in my gum – gums are not meant to be soft like that. I knew something was seriously wrong."

    Eventually, she was diagnosed with severe periodonatal disease in 2011. An X-ray taken during an orthodontic consultation showed that several of her teeth were exhibiting bone loss.

    As a result she became locked in a year-long legal battle with her dentists, Smith, Holloman and Associated in Bromyard, Hertfordshire.

    As a result she became locked in a year-long legal battle with her dentists, Smith, Holloman and Associated in Bromyard, Hertfordshire.

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    However, the saga has taken its toll on her. She told PA Real Life: "My neighbour, who hadn't seen me in a while, visited shortly after that appointment and was visibly shocked at how my teeth looked.

    "I was so embarrassed. I didn't want to be seen in public after that. I retreated into myself and avoided social situations."

    She says that as a result of her embarrassment, her business suffered: "I work in the wedding cake industry, which is very appearance-orientated," she said.

    "Looking your best is vital. I have lots of face-to-face contact with clients and struggled to project an air of confidence."


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    Where is the anesthesia?

    Before you proceed... WARNING: things might be a little GROSS... for SOME people!

    This video of how a root canal is performed was posted back in 2011. But, Interesting Engineering recently reposted it on Facebook and it's giving everyone nightmares.

    NOPE.

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    First things first, the video claims that an average root canal begins with a standard drill to access the inside of the tooth.

    First things first, the video claims that an average root canal begins with a standard drill to access the inside of the tooth.

    Nothing looks ~standard~ about this... it looks painful AF.

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    Next, the dentist uses files to get in there good and get all the bad stuff out of your tooth.

    Next, the dentist uses files to get in there good and get all the bad stuff out of your tooth.

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    “I forgot to yell you…”

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    “Remember that wonderful time when your mouth was full of wires?”

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    Give us your grossest/funniest/weirdest stories, please.

    Ahhhh, going to the dentist. Everyone's favorite hobby.

    Ahhhh, going to the dentist. Everyone's favorite hobby.

    As patients, we've probably all had our fair share of suffering in the dental chair.

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    But what about the people on the other side of the chair, so to speak?

    But what about the people on the other side of the chair, so to speak?

    We think WE have it bad as patients, but what about the people who have to put their fingers in our mouths??

    We want to hear from YOU.

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    Maybe you've come across food that's been there so long it's on the verge of coming to life.

    Maybe you've come across food that's been there so long it's on the verge of coming to life.

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    Maybe you've witnessed your very own "David after dentist."

    Maybe you've witnessed your very own "David after dentist."

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    Drone fairies are every damn thing!

    Your childhood worse fear: getting your tooth pulled, right? Sure as fuck was mine. Drones weren't anywhere near my father when he tied my tooth up and slammed the door, but this uncle got real creative, and used one to pull Bruno's tooth out!

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    The first task at mission control was to make sure everything was tightly fastened, secured, and ready for take off. Tooth included.

    The first task at mission control was to make sure everything was tightly fastened, secured, and ready for take off. Tooth included.

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    A few moments later, it was time for lift off.

    A few moments later, it was time for lift off.

    NERVES... ALL OF THE NERVES.

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    This kid was a champ. Totally ready to go.

    This kid was a champ. Totally ready to go.

    But the grown person in all of you is like, HELL NO.

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    Oct. 1: Children of the Corn (1984). Start the month off right with the scariest thing there is: kids. Based on a Stephen King short story, Children of the Corn was poorly received at the time but has gained a cult following, because children are terrifying.

    The Babadook

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    Oct. 2: The Babadook (2014). This was last year's breakout horror hit, and it's easily as frightening as you've heard. Plus, switching between the classics and more modern fare will help keep your October horror viewings fresh.

    Oct. 3: Rosemary's Baby (1968). Like The Babadook, Rosemary's Baby prioritizes psychological horror over gore. Even if you know the gist of it — and chances are, you do — you'll get caught up in the suspense of Rosemary's demonic pregnancy woes.

    V/H/S

    Magnet Releasing

    Oct. 4: V/H/S (2012). You might be iffy on found footage, but give it a chance: When used effectively in horror, it's truly terrifying. V/H/S has the benefit of being an anthology, so you're bound to find something you like in there.

    Oct. 5: Night of the Living Dead (1968). Just because it's black and white doesn't mean it's any less scary. If you've never seen the most iconic zombie film of all time, you're missing out on a tense and surprisingly modern movie that proved foundational for the genre.

    Saw

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    Oct. 6: Saw (2004). Again: Try to come into this with an open mind. Saw may have necessitated the creation of the term "torture porn," but the original film is just as cerebral as it is bloody. You might enjoy it more than you think.

    Oct. 7: The Omen (1976). Because you didn't get your fix of demon spawn with Rosemary's Baby. The Omen is another classic, and it's also a harrowing reminder that children are seriously creepy.

    Devil

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    Oct. 8: Devil (2010). Yes, really. Devil never quite got its due, perhaps because it had producer M. Night Shyamalan's name slapped on it long after such things were in fashion. Nevertheless, it's a creepy little supernatural thriller set in a packed elevator.

    Oct. 9: Creep (2014). Another found-footage film, Creep's title pretty much says it all. But the bizarre stalker horror film, which stars a surprisingly scary Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice, is remarkably stressful and full of scares, both quick and lingering.

    Re-Animator

    Elite Entertainment

    Oct. 10: Re-Animator (1985). Back to gore, but with a lot of comedy to ease you along. Re-Animator, which is based on an H.P. Lovecraft novella, is the ideal cult classic to complete your Saturday night.

    Oct. 11: Housebound (2014). Follow Re-Animator up with more horror comedy, this time New Zealand ghost story Housebound. This more recent installment of the genre is consistently delightful — with Kiwi accents, to boot.

    The Monster Squad

    TriStar Pictures

    Oct. 12: The Monster Squad (1987). OK, so it's not exactly terrifying, but it's a blast to watch, and you might as well continue the fun you've been having with horror comedies. It's a bunch of kids fighting the classic Universal monsters — aka your childhood nightmare.

    Oct. 13: We Are What We Are (2013). Both the 2010 Mexican original and this remake are worth watching, but only the latter version is streaming on Netflix. The less you read about this indie thriller, the better. Let the finale shock you.

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    Image Entertainment

    Oct. 14: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Take a break from modern thrills with a true classic. The silent black-and-white film won't scare you the way that, say, The Omen will, but it's creepy enough to get you in the Halloween spirit.

    Oct. 15: Oculus (2013). And we're back to disturbing modern horror. Oculus never really got credit for being as frightening and well crafted as it is. Even if you see where it's going, you'll still find yourself gutted by by the climax. (Cover all your mirrors before watching.)

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Vice Films

    Oct. 16: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014). It's not quite horror in the traditional sense, but after Oculus, you'll need a break from the the bleakness. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a highly stylized feminist vampire flick. What's not to love?

    Oct. 17: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). And now back to our regularly scheduled depravity. Henry offers an overly intimate and uncomfortably realistic look at a sadistic killer. It's a notorious '80s classic that you'll probably wish you hadn't watched. Sorry.

    The House of the Devil

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    Oct. 18: The House of the Devil (2009). Not an '80s film, but a definite '80s throwback. The House of the Devil is one of those atmospheric scary movies that will have you on edge for most of its runtime and then it'll send you over the edge with a truly batshit climax.

    Oct. 19: Maniac (2012). The 2012 remake of Maniac, a controversial slasher in its own right, is admittedly hard to stomach. But what's worse than the gore is the second-person perspective that puts you into the killer's head. See if you can stomach it.

    Pet Sematary

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    Oct. 20: Pet Sematary (1989). If you've read Stephen King's novel, you know that Pet Sematary is one of his scariest works. The film does the novel justice, even if it does feel a little dated at times. There's enough distressing imagery to give you nightmares.

    Oct. 21: Starry Eyes (2014). The less said about this be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale of an aspiring actor who gets in over her head, the better. There is plenty of body horror grossness here, so you may have to look away if you're especially squeamish.

    Nosferatu

    Kino Lorber Films

    Oct. 22: Nosferatu (1929). If you made it through Starry Eyes, you deserve a break. This off-brand take on Bram Stoker's Dracula is short on jump scares, but it's a hugely influential and effective piece of horror history. Check it out.

    Oct. 23: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). This found-footage horror film mostly fell under the radar, which is unfortunate, because it's a sharp and very well executed twist on the exorcism genre. If you dug The Visit this year, you'll love this one.

    Scream

    Dimension Films

    Oct. 24: Scream (1996). It's hard to imagine what modern horror would look like without Scream, a slasher film that fully embraced the theories of Carol Clover and showed us how meta-horror could be smart and funny without sacrificing the scares.

    Oct. 25: Let the Right One In (2008). The remake was fine, but it's hard to top the ethereal style and chills of the gorgeous Swedish original. Like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, it's a thoroughly distinctive vampire story.

    Leprechaun

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    Oct. 26: Leprechaun (1993). With Halloween fast approaching, take a moment for something dumb and fun. That something is Leprechaun, featuring a very young Jennifer Aniston and a bloodthirsty leprechaun who's as violent as he is quippy.

    Oct. 27: Contracted (2013). Before It Follows, there was Contracted, which conflates sexually transmitted disease with supernatural horror. It's a very different film — more body horror, for one — but it's worth squirming through.

    Black Sunday

    Kino Lorber Films

    Oct. 28: Black Sunday (1960). If you've never experienced Italian gothic horror, you're in for a treat. Mario Bava's classic film about a vengeful witch still gets under your skin. It was gory enough to be banned in the United Kingdom when it was first released.

    Oct. 29: Teeth (2007). A dark comedy with a decidedly feminist slant, Teeth literalizes the myth of vagina dentata. And it does so beautifully. You've seen enough violence toward women in horror: It's time for something castration-heavy to shift the balance a bit.

    Hellraiser

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    Oct. 30: Hellraiser (1987). If you haven't seen Hellraiser, you probably associate it with Pinhead. But the nail-headed villain is more of a secondary character in the original, which is delightfully perverse and gloriously bloody.

    Oct. 31: You're Next (2011). You've done it. You've reached Halloween! Now sit back and enjoy the greatest slasher flick in recent memory. It owes a debt to Scream — and all that came before it — but it's thoroughly original. And a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.


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    Let’s be honest, orthodontists live to cause children pain.

    First of all, you weren't too thrilled with the idea of your mouth being laced with wire and metal.

    First of all, you weren't too thrilled with the idea of your mouth being laced with wire and metal.

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    Choosing which color to put on your braces always felt like you were choosing the next Spring fashion trend.

    Choosing which color to put on your braces always felt like you were choosing the next Spring fashion trend.

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    You felt like you were in a horror movie when the orthodontist lazily trimmed your wires and you were left with a bloody mouth.

    You felt like you were in a horror movie when the orthodontist lazily trimmed your wires and you were left with a bloody mouth.

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    You had so many cuts throughout your mouth from those metal brackets of death.

    You had so many cuts throughout your mouth from those metal brackets of death.

    Your mouth basically looked like a war-zone.

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    Unless you love sucking up 10 million germs a day, ofc.

    There are all kinds of deeply wretched germs crawling under your fingernails.

    There are all kinds of deeply wretched germs crawling under your fingernails.

    Fingertips are hives of nastiness, and are home to various types of bacteria, fungus, and YEAST (eww). One particularly prevalent germ found under nails is Staphlococcus aureus, which can cause a load of crazy skin infections like boils and abscesses. Mmmm, oral boils.

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    When you suck and chew on your fingernails, they become an even greater bacterial paradise.

    When you suck and chew on your fingernails, they become an even greater bacterial paradise.

    Back in 2007, Turkish scientists tested 59 people to see whether nail biting had any real effect on transporting bacteria to the mouth. They swabbed each person’s mouth for saliva to check for diarrhoea and vomiting bacteria such as Escherichia coli and many other nasties starting with E. And guess what? Seventy-six per cent of those who bit their nails tested positive, compared to just 26.5% of non-biters. So if you don’t want to spend half your life shitting for Britain, you might want to take your fingers out of your mouth, now.

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    If you bite your nails, chances are that you’re already causing dental damage.

    Who knew that a little innocent nibble could cause such havoc on the old gnashers? In real hardcore cases, nail biting has resulted in tooth fractures, tooth loss, and crazy, displaced jaws.

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    You're more likely to grind your molars into dust at night.

    Nail biting can be a nervous reaction, so the likelihood is that if you’re chewing up your fingers on the reg, you’re also susceptible to grinding your teeth at night. "Those who bite their teeth are often stressed", said Dr Adam Roberts, senior lecturer at UCL’s department of microbial diseases, "so may have other factors that affect their teeth such as grinding."

    If you already have weak teeth, continually tearing off bits of nail with your front teeth could lead to dental chipping. And if you can't see from this delightful picture, grinding can also LEAD TO TEETH FALLING OUT.

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    Does this mean they ate a human?

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    From white to brown in five days.

    Whether you call it soda or pop, people are ~super~ passionate about consuming soft drinks. We showed avid soda drinkers what soda does to teeth after soaking them in soda for five days and people had deep feelings!

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    First, our soda drinkers were very proud of their daily habit...

    First, our soda drinkers were very proud of their daily habit...

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    ...Like, for REAL!

    ...Like, for REAL!

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    So, we decided to throw some clean white teeth into a vat of cola and show the soda sluggers the results.

    So, we decided to throw some clean white teeth into a vat of cola and show the soda sluggers the results.

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    Brace. Face.


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    A masters class gets…interesting.

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    An apple a day won’t keep the dentist away.

    If you accidentally chip or crack a tooth, you’re exposing it to tooth decay quicker.

    Tooth fractures can quickly lead to decay. Bacteria can use these crevices in the teeth to find their way to your teeth’s more sensitive parts, which are often places where your toothbrush can’t reach.

    Those most at risk of chipping their teeth are young children, contact sports players, those with lip or tongue piercings, and those in military training.

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    Drinks high in acidity can make your teeth weak.

    Drinks high in acidity can make your teeth weak.

    The outer shell of your teeth is coated in enamel, which is made of minerals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but, unfortunately, it is most prone to decay. Acidic drinks, such as fruit juices and fizzy drinks, can break down this enamel, making your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay.

    Unless you go about your life with Coke in your mouth for an entire day (or five), you're not going to see the dramatic decay pictured above. But one study exposed 20 test teeth to different drinks, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, their diet versions, and other soft drinks. Results found that tap water and black coffee barely dissolved tooth enamel, while the cola drinks "dissolved enamel 55-65 times more than both water and root beer".

    The study also found that there was also no difference in amount of tooth erosion between regular and diet drinks. Even though diet drinks lack sugar, they're equally bad for your teeth.

    So put down that fifth can of Coke if you want to protect your gnashers.

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    If you grind your teeth in your sleep, they are more likely to decay.

    If you grind your teeth in your sleep, they are more likely to decay.

    Grinding your teeth at night is a common sign of stress or worry, and nightmares of your teeth falling out could quickly become truth. Clenching your jaw and teeth-grinding creates a large amount of pressure on your teeth. If done frequently, your teeth will be more likely to crack and fracture, increasing the chance of tooth decay, and missing teeth.

    In a computer simulation of the human jaw clenching, researchers found that both the upper and lower jaw became IRREVERSIBLY deformed with repeated clenches.

    If you're fretting about your fangs, you may want to consider wearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep.

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    And if bacteria does find a way in, it's not just your teeth that are affected.

    And if bacteria does find a way in, it's not just your teeth that are affected.

    Infection in the teeth and gums can lead to an dental abscess, which is where pus collects because of a bacterial infection. This is usually felt with a sore throbbing pain where the abscess is. The common cause of an abscess is a combo of eating sugary foods and bad dental routines.

    To get this treated, a dentist must drain the pus and, in some cases, remove the infected tooth. 😧

    BRUSH YOUR TEETH, PEOPLE.

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    Go on — try not to smile along.

    This painfully cute combination.

    This painfully cute combination.

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    This gap 'n' glasses gorgeousness.

    This gap 'n' glasses gorgeousness.

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    This bespectacled mop top.

    This bespectacled mop top.

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    This smile that looks smashing with saturated colors.

    This smile that looks smashing with saturated colors.

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    Run your tongue over your teeth and feel that nice, fuzzy bacteria biofilm.

    It's easy to forget how INSANELY DIRTY our mouths can get.

    It's easy to forget how INSANELY DIRTY our mouths can get.

    Even if you take great care of your teeth, your mouth is constantly full of bacteria that's trying to eat away at your teeth and cause disease. BuzzFeed Life reached out to American Dental Association (ADA) spokesperson Dr. Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., a dentist who practices in Minnesota and Rwanda, to find out more about common mistakes, things dentists wish we knew, and the seriously horrifying consequences of not cleaning your teeth.

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    Right now, there's a super sticky biofilm called plaque that's coating the surfaces of your teeth with bacteria.

    Right now, there's a super sticky biofilm called plaque that's coating the surfaces of your teeth with bacteria.

    "That bacterial plaque sticks to the front, back, side, in between, and right under gums," says Harms. Plaque isn't very thick, so your teeth can actually feel relatively clean even when they're coated in it. But it's actually the root of decay and many other dental diseases, so it's good to understand that it builds up all over your teeth every day, which is why brushing is so damn important. “The best way to fight plaque is brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing properly once a day,” Harms says.

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    If your mouth is super dry, that bacteria grows even faster.

    If your mouth is super dry, that bacteria grows even faster.

    "Many people don't know how important saliva is for cleaning our teeth and fighting cavities," Harms says. Saliva obviously helps physically wash away food residue, but it also has antibacterial properties, neutralizes acids that eat away at enamel, and helps repair and restore teeth. So if you suffer from dry mouth (often caused by certain medications), that can be bad news for your teeth.

    "You need added protection or attention to teeth cleaning if you have dry mouth," says Harms. There are a variety of saliva-increasing rinses and toothpastes on the market, but drinking lots of water helps, too.

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    Plaque also grows on your teeth at night, which is why it's pretty gross to forget to brush and floss in the morning.

    Plaque also grows on your teeth at night, which is why it's pretty gross to forget to brush and floss in the morning.

    Even though you don't eat in your sleep and your teeth probably feel super clean in the morning if you brushed them before bed, plaque is still coating your teeth during all hours of the night. Hence morning breath.

    "Brushing in the morning is just as important as at night, especially if you're a mouth-breather, which dries out saliva," Harms says. It doesn't matter if it's before or after breakfast, just as long as you remove the bacteria that grew overnight.

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    Brb, going to brush my teeth.

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    “Wear it all the time, except when you’re eating.” But I’m always eating.

    Once upon a time, your loving parents coughed up a lot of cash to get you this fancy hardware.

    Once upon a time, your loving parents coughed up a lot of cash to get you this fancy hardware.

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    Then, after many years, the blessed day came when your train tracks were derailed.

    Then, after many years, the blessed day came when your train tracks were derailed.

    You probably celebrated with a lot of gum chewing and licking your teeth.

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    You looked damn good.

    All hail the Duchess (or Duke) of Dentistry.

    As a farewell present from your orthodontist, you got this SOB.

    As a farewell present from your orthodontist, you got this SOB.

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    The stereotype is a lie.


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    “What do you mean I have to wait ANOTHER three months to get my braces off?!”

    When you suffered for what felt like an eternity while the orthodontist tried to take a dental impression:

    When you suffered for what felt like an eternity while the orthodontist tried to take a dental impression:

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    When they put spacers in and it felt like your teeth were giving birth:

    When they put spacers in and it felt like your teeth were giving birth:

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    When you first got your braces and it felt like your entire mouth was protruding by a foot:

    When you first got your braces and it felt like your entire mouth was protruding by a foot:

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    When nobody told you the unexpected side effect that you'd be drooling like a hungry dog for the first week after having your braces put in:

    When nobody told you the unexpected side effect that you'd be drooling like a hungry dog for the first week after having your braces put in:

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    “NARS lipstick or groceries…?”

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    Pinterest = why I have trust issues.

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    Kiss your lipstick naiveté goodbye.

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    You can smell the pink goop like it was yesterday.

    The dreaded PINK GOOP.

    The dreaded PINK GOOP.

    The hardest decision you'll ever make:

    The hardest decision you'll ever make:

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    But always being too chicken to try neon yellow.

    But always being too chicken to try neon yellow.

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    This view:

    This view:

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    How often do you brush your teeth?


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    The government has been caught advertising the closure of the child's dental scheme, despite the fact that parliament has rejected the measure.

    The government has been caught advertising the closure of the child's dental scheme, despite the fact that parliament has rejected the measure.

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    Last month the government attempted to pass its Omnibus Bill cuts to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), which would remove Medicare funded dental care for kids from January 1, 2017.

    But after opposition from the Greens, Labor and the Nick Xenophon Team in the Senate, the CDBS was removed from the Omnibus legislation to allow the rest of the $6.4 billion savings to pass.

    This is the second time the government has tried to shut down the program. From the May budget, initial fact sheets began advertising that it would close on July 1, 2016. But a double dissolution election was called, so legislation wasn't introduced.

    Despite parliament not approving the closure, the Health Department's website currently states the scheme will end in January, and fact sheets are being distributed to dentists to say that the program will no longer exist in three months.

    The website reads:

    On 31 August 2016, the Government introduced legislation to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) from 1 January 2017 and establish the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme.

    Eligible children will need to receive dental treatment before 1 January 2017 if they wish to access benefits under CDBS before its intended closure.

    The department's website also states that the government has sent out letters to families, telling them the scheme is closing.

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    In a fiery exchange in Senate estimates on Wednesday, Health Department officials said advertising the scheme's closure wasn't "false" because it's "the intent to legislate to have [the closure] in place by January 1, 2017".

    If it doesn't happen in the next three months, the date will be revised for a third time, they said.

    "It's not a lie," the department's Mark Cormack said.

    "It's qualified. It expresses the government's intention that it's subject to legislation."

    But Greens leader Richard di Natale believes "ordinary punters" wouldn't be able to interpret the nuance of government jargon.

    "If you read 'this means the cost of dental services provided on or after January 1, 2017 will not be met by the government and will need to be met by the patient'... you are actively dissuading people from accessing a scheme that is currently open."

    Di Natale has accused the government of actively deterring people from accessing the funding, in a bid to save money before the program can be closed.

    The Australian National Audit Office examined the progress of the demand-driven program and found the take-up had been low, around 33%, or 1 million children.

    Only $304 million was claimed out of a total budget of more than $600 million.

    The ANAO noted that this was due to the government not advertising its availability, so families were unaware they could claim the funding.

    Di Natale says it's highly unusual for the government to actively market for legislation it hopes will pass in the future.

    "It's the intent of the government to have a plebiscite on marriage equality, but you're not posting information to people about the nature of the plebiscite," he said.

    "You can't give any guarantee that it will be closed from January 1, in fact the parliament's just rejected it, and you continue to provide advice on the website to people who want to access it that they can't," he said.

    "Sometimes these are people who need to engage in a course of treatment that might require two, three, four months. If you're going to see your dentist in a month's time and they say 'well, we can't, because at the department website says this program will no longer exist from January 1, we're not going to begin treatment at this point in time'."

    "Why are you providing this information to people when it's false?"


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    Nobody actually brushes in the shower, right?


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    Being nasty pays. ;)

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    Or maybe you just know a lot about teeth!


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    Let’s all agree that temporary crowns are the worst.

    Hearing the dentist drill down your actual tooth.

    Hearing the dentist drill down your actual tooth.

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    Realizing your tooth is now a nub.

    Realizing your tooth is now a nub.

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    Heavily breathing through your nose during your tooth impression so you don't swallow any of that goop.

    Heavily breathing through your nose during your tooth impression so you don't swallow any of that goop.

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    Realizing your temporary crown is pretty much just a clay tooth.

    Realizing your temporary crown is pretty much just a clay tooth.

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    Don’t bristle at these questions.


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    Sadly, your dentist will probably still ask how often you floss.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

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    An all-natural mineral powder that may be dirty, but leaves your teeth pearly.

    An all-natural mineral powder that may be dirty, but leaves your teeth pearly.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. In just two brushings, it removed the brown/black stains I had from using liquid iron supplements that even my hygienist couldn't get off my teeth. It removed all of the tea stains on my teeth in less than a week. It looks like I had a very thorough dental cleaning and professional teeth whitening done. In fact, I've had several people ask me where I got my teeth whitened and how much it cost, just because it is that noticeable of a difference. My teeth feel super clean and smooth. Even first thing in the morning, I don't have that gross, fuzzy teeth feeling." —Dazie

    Price: $19.99 // Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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    A paste specialized for sensitivity that gently whitens and strengthens delicate teeth.

    A paste specialized for sensitivity that gently whitens and strengthens delicate teeth.

    Promising review: "I have crazy sensitive teeth so this is really the only thing I can use. I heavily recommend this product for anyone with particularly sensitive teeth. Sensodyne also has another line of toothpaste that has slightly different caps (they're flush to the tube rather than tapered) that I find so awful I fear it may dissuade others with sensitive teeth away from the company, but they're completely different and this one really is a wonderful product." —Alys Anemone

    Price: $4.92 // Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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    As I’m writing this, my rear gums are inflamed and aching. I’ve been alternating between sipping a cocktail before bed and downing extra-strength ibuprofen, acutely aware that one should not take the two together due to the potential for internal bleeding. I’m 32 years old, and my wisdom teeth are breaking through. Again. A half dozen years ago the first one emerged, skin ripping apart to make room, and I understood then the pain that a baby feels when their first teeth come in. Every so often another wisdom tooth emerges a little more, and the pain lingers for a few weeks. It’s old hat now. Give me my cocktail, my pills.

    I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, and perhaps will soon confirm the stereotype that Appalachians are frequently missing their teeth. My mother cleaned houses for a living and my father worked full-time as a construction worker — jobs that came without health insurance. We were a lower-middle-class and doctor-averse family. You learn to avoid doctors after seeing the unbelievable expense of an uninsured visit to an emergency room, the cost of a child’s earache wiping out a week or more’s worth of pay. I ended up being the one who did well, who got away, a first-generation college student who made it not only to the ivory tower, but the Ivy League. I skipped a few class-climbing steps and seemed to prove to those around me that the American dream was still alive.

    During one of my first college breaks, in 2004, I came home with tooth pain. Well, actually, it was teeth pain. Years of neglect, years of avoiding the dentist because I couldn’t afford even a routine cleaning, had finally added up. I came home and made an appointment, desperate to ease the near-constant throbbing in my jaw. And then the shock set in. I was only 19 years old, and the dentist said I had more than $12,000 worth of work waiting for me. I would need several root canals, crowns, and fillings. The dentist also told me I ought to fix my semi-black front tooth, which I had broken as a teenager. It had originally been fixed with a metal screw during a rare visit to the dentist, a visit only undertaken because missing half of a very visible front tooth was too much for even my family. My friends at my Ivy League college, people who had typically grown up with more than enough money to see a dentist every six months, never failed to remark on the oddness of that black tooth, getting darker with every passing season.

    I ignored the pain until I learned to live with it, and became that guy who never open-mouth smiles in pictures.

    My mother cried back then, when the dentist told her the cost: It was a third of my family’s annual income. It was, in other words, impossible. I cried too. I was already working my way through college; there was simply no time left for me to work off a $12,000 bill and keep up with my classes. So I ignored the pain until I learned to live with it, and became that guy who never open-mouth-smiles in pictures. It was an awful realization. Just when I thought I had escaped the confines of my poor background in West Virginia, as I was building the kind of life that I thought would make me financially secure, there was that ugly pain: a throbbing in my mouth that made me question if I’d ever be part of that other, privileged world.

    I’m still not there, 13 years later, and the $12,000 tab has only ballooned over time. All four of my wisdom teeth ought to be removed. I have a broken molar, at least three deep cavities that will require root canals and crowns, and who knows how much minor work. I fear that the broken molar is now too far gone and will need to be removed and replaced with an implant — which alone can cost as much as $10,000. This doesn’t take into account that I live in New York now, where the cost of dental work is just a tad more expensive than it was in West Virginia. And so this is how it spirals, the lingering bacteria from one cavity exacerbating the decay of the other teeth, the loss of confidence, the social shaming. A hopeless cycle.

    A few years ago, after getting through graduate school and settling into an office job that had decent insurance, I made myself an appointment. The dental insurance plans I’ve had cap out at $1,500 or $2,000 a year (with only 50% covered for major work), so I braced myself for the long haul. The dentist looked at my mouth and said, “Wow.” The dentist said, “For people like you, we like to work in stages.” I tried to keep up with the dental work and maximize what my insurance provides, while balancing the expensive rent of New York and the cost of living any kind of modern life. But after a half dozen visits, when the first few crowns ate up more than $10,000 of my hard-earned savings — a sum I’d spent a decade amassing — I threw in the towel.

    I wasn’t going to go in deep debt over my teeth. I wasn’t going to spend my thirties constantly broke because of dental work. I wasn’t going to rob my spouse of another vacation by spending another year’s worth of savings on partially fixing my mouth. After all the work I’d had done, my husband and I were already living month to month, despite our careful budgeting. I wanted something more — a life in which I could dream of things like putting a down payment on a first home, a life in which having a child, if I ever decided I wanted one, wouldn’t seem like such a selfish decision.

    It’s an impossible choice to have to make: to have a good life or to have good teeth.

    It’s an impossible choice to have to make: to have a good life or to have good teeth. I say this because I know that some people would fault me for my choices, would accuse me of being not quite “by-the-bootstraps” enough for their tastes. They could point to my desire to enjoy a bottle of wine and an occasional cut of fancy cheese, to the fact that I have a laptop and an iPhone, that when I travel to visit one of my out-of-town friends, I like to take the train instead of the bus. And I do sometimes feel guilty for these indulgences. I feel guilty that I ever made my spouse choose between us having an emergency fund and me having a clean bill of health. There are days when I wonder how much better off he’d be without me, both financially and psychologically. And that’s why I’ve chosen to live with the pain, despite my husband’s desire that we focus on getting me better. I’ve become a frequent customer at my local Duane Reade, where I buy that cheap temporary dental filling that comes in a little blue canister. I smudge it in the back of my mouth, in the hole of my broken molar, biding my time until the system changes or the tooth falls out. I can’t bring anyone else down with me.

    I have a friend from my old hometown in West Virginia who also lives in New York. She has a master’s degree and a nice, well-paying job now, but also suffers from dental issues. She said to me, “People who are born poor are never able to get ahead.” And that’s the most obvious truth, I think, and one that’s magnified when other factors like race, religious background, and educational attainment come into play. My friend and I are “strivers,” I suppose, but it’s hard to strive when you don’t have the huge deposit to put down on that first city apartment, when you are afraid to smile at an interview because the manager might wonder what the hell is wrong with your mouth.

    One night over dinner, my friend told me the story of a woman she had known back in West Virginia. They were in college together, in their early twenties. The woman’s dental problems became so bad that she opted to have all of her teeth removed and replaced with a set of dentures rather than deal with any more pain or the crippling costs of dental care. This woman had been a striver once too. We can never, it seems, escape our childhoods.

    In my desperation to have a pain-free, healthy mouth, I’ve researched, contemplated, and tried nearly every option that’s out there. During one of my more painful dental bouts (the big ones come and go), I found out about the low-cost clinic run by NYU’s dental school — low-cost, but not free. I thought I could finally have a little work done. Because the clinic is run by student dentists and each procedure needs to be checked by a master dentist on staff, the process moves slowly and the amount of appointments nearly doubles. On my second visit, the teaching dentist examined my mouth and confirmed the student’s long list of recommended treatments. The teaching dentist said, “What did you do to your mouth? Why have you let it get like this?”

    I may not have good teeth, but I still have a modicum of dignity.

    I was angry, and shot back that I had grown up poor, that I brushed my damn teeth multiple times a day just like anyone else. “No,” she said. “You should have taken care of your teeth.” I was so upset by the experience, so embarrassed and humiliated, that I decided not to go back. Well, that’s not entirely true; I did go back a couple years later, desperate, in another bout of pain. And I was treated almost exactly the same way. I may not have good teeth, but I still have a modicum of dignity.

    Back in 2004, when I received that first impossible bill, my mother said to me, “I have a dead tooth.” She pointed to the back of her mouth. “It’s turning black, and one day it will just fall out.” I think of those words now not as a warning, but as a statement of solidarity. Her words were a reminder of how hard she’d worked scrubbing other people’s floors to get me up and out, even at the expense of her own well-being, her own decaying teeth. She was saying that, for me, there was still hope. I want to believe that she was right, that she’s still right, that I could still yet achieve all the dreams she had for me. But I wonder often, despite my fancy college degree, despite how far I’ve come, if some hurdles are truly insurmountable.

    When health care costs spiral out of control (and access to even the most basic medical insurance, let alone dental coverage, is far from certain), when the long-term effects of untreated medical issues catch up with us as adults, there can seem like no way out. At the moment, I don’t see an immediate way out. I’m a published author. I teach college writing. I work hard, but every single day I have to make a choice between paying the rent and student loans, having a vacation, or literally throwing every penny of my savings toward a fraction of the cost of my dental work. And I’m one of the lucky ones, because my dental pain comes and goes. I can afford the luxury of pain-numbing cocktails and extra-strength ibuprofen. Those with more painful or life-threatening conditions don’t have the choice to ignore it.

    Before all of the dental pain and the problems began for me, I truly bought into the belief that I could work my way into a better life. I made it out of a small town in Appalachia, I attended a great college, and I have begun to build a meaningful career. I just didn’t realize there would be one big catch: that I’d forever be weighed down, financially and otherwise, by a series of events and circumstances that occurred mostly without my knowledge, and uniformly without my consent.

    In a more equitable world, I’d smile toothsome and wide for my husband — who, though he’s from a different background, has never looked at me like an alien or a charity case. I’d go to bed without worrying whether the effects of painkillers and alcohol will be enough to get me through the night. I’d walk into a dentist’s office for a cleaning and nothing else. I’d tell the dentist, “See, it’s possible for a poor boy from West Virginia to make something of himself.” Some days I can almost taste it, that other world. But right now my mouth hurts too much to taste much of anything. ●

    Jonathan Corcoran teaches writing at Rutgers University - Newark and the West Virginia Wesleyan College low-residency MFA program. His debut story collection, The Rope Swing, is a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards finalist.


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    The horror. THE HORROR.

    This is Jay. Looks like a cute, normal 21-year-old British guy, right?

    This is Jay. Looks like a cute, normal 21-year-old British guy, right?

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    UNTIL HE OPENS HIS DAMN MOUTH.

    UNTIL HE OPENS HIS DAMN MOUTH.

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    You see, JAY HAS NEVER BRUSHED HIS DAMN TEETH IN HIS WHOLE DAMN LIFE.

    You see, JAY HAS NEVER BRUSHED HIS DAMN TEETH IN HIS WHOLE DAMN LIFE.

    Or, you know — obviously — visited a dentist.

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    Jay says he was never encouraged to brush his teeth as a kid, so he developed bad habits early on. Plus, he loves sugar and "fizzy drinks," aka sodas.

    Jay says he was never encouraged to brush his teeth as a kid, so he developed bad habits early on. Plus, he loves sugar and "fizzy drinks," aka sodas.

    Jay, who is a sanitation worker, says his teeth are holding him back from pursuing his dream career in sports or physiotherapy.

    "I feel embarrassed to tell somebody how to look after themselves when I haven't taken care of my teeth," he said on the show.

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    People See How Gross Their Teeth Really Are

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    PLEASE. JUST. STOP.

    Alright, so, brushing your teeth and showering...both basic everyday things, right?

    Alright, so, brushing your teeth and showering...both basic everyday things, right?

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    Well, while most of us do those two activities separately, there's a small group of people who do them at the SAME DAMN TIME.

    Well, while most of us do those two activities separately, there's a small group of people who do them at the SAME DAMN TIME.

    If you think I'm overreacting and that "everyone is doing it," you are TOTALLY WRONG. This poll we conducted definitely proves that if you brush your teeth in the shower, YOU ARE LITERALLY A PART OF THE MINORITY THAT THINKS THAT'S OKAY.

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    And if you're one of those people, please consider this post a big 'ol @.

    And if you're one of those people, please consider this post a big 'ol @.

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    Not only is it dangerous...

    Not only is it dangerous...

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    For years, a startup called SmileDirectClub has drawn fire from dentists for trying to upend the traditional braces industry. Now the tiff has blown up into all-out legal war, with the country’s largest dental association issuing a formal resolution against do-it-yourself orthodontics while the company tries to sue its critics into silence.

    SmileDirectClub sent cease-and-desist letters to at least two dentists in October, threatening a lawsuit if they did not remove YouTube videos they had posted critiquing the company’s plastic teeth “aligners.” On Oct. 23, it sued a large group of New York and New Jersey orthodontists for a similar video, and three days later, it filed suit against the Michigan affiliate of the American Dental Association over four paragraphs that the nonprofit published about the company in its monthly journal.

    Although the exact claims vary, the company’s basic case is that its detractors are part of a “well-funded lobbying and public relations effort” that’s trying to shut down a competitor.

    “Several dentists and orthodontists have made publicly false, disparaging and misleading statements on various social media websites regarding SmileDirectClub all in an effort to protect their traditional business model and to limit access of care to keep prices for orthodontic care artificially inflated,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement to BuzzFeed News. “SmileDirectClub has pursued legal remedies to prevent these dentists and orthodontists from making false, disparaging and misleading statements regarding SmileDirectClub.”

    The dentists, meanwhile, say they are simply expressing their professional opinion.

    "It's pretty aggressive."

    It’s not unusual to see an industry disrupter turn scrappy to survive. But the intensity of SmileDirect’s legal campaign is notable, experts say. “It’s pretty aggressive,” Gabriel Nugent, a law partner at Barclay Damon LLP in New York, told BuzzFeed News.

    Since its launch in 2014, Nashville-based SmileDirectClub has promised a cheaper alternative to braces, without the hassle of visiting a dentist. The service allows customers to make bite casts at home, which then get reviewed by a dentist online who approves a series of aligners that SmileDirect will deliver by mail to a customer’s doorstep.

    This premise has catapulted SmileDirectClub to the big time, with national TV commercials and ads plastered across New York City bus stops and subway cars. Customers post photos of their treatments on Instagram and swap stories about their progress in Facebook groups with thousands of members.

    SmileDirectClub — whose plastic trays are made by Align Technology, the company that makes Invisalign and owns 19% of SmileDirect — is threatening to the average orthodontist’s bottom line, just as Invisalign was when it debuted in the ‘90s. On YouTube and in interviews with reporters, dentists and orthodontists have complained about SmileDirect’s model, warning that skipped dentist visits and X-rays risk customers' oral health. The outcomes, they claim, may include shrinking gums and jawbone, or lost teeth.

    In April, the 18,000-member American Association of Orthodontists filed complaints in 36 states alleging that SmileDirect was breaking laws governing the practice of dentistry.

    Those details were first publicly revealed in a BuzzFeed News story on Oct. 14. Two days later, Jeffrey Miller, a Maryland orthodontist who had published YouTube reviews of SmileDirectClub and spoken to BuzzFeed News, said he received a cease-and-desist letter from the company delivered by hand and email. The letter, addressed to Miller and four other orthodontists in his practice, demanded that he remove two YouTube videos in which he warned customers about the potential dangers of straightening their teeth without taking X-rays first.

    SmileDirectClub claimed that Miller was making “false and deceptive statements” and violating copyright because the video included scans that SmileDirect had made for a customer. (Miller says that “customer” was one of his employees checking out the service on his behalf.) SmileDirect requested that Miller take down those videos and any other online postings that named the company by Oct. 17 at noon.

    Miller shrugged off the note. The next day, hours after the deadline, he received another letter, delivered by hand and by email, that stated SmileDirect’s intent to sue his practice for damages of more than $34 million, “plus punitive damages of not less than three times that amount.”

    “They’re not playing around,” Miller told BuzzFeed News. He saw the threats as attempts to “make an example of anyone who says anything bad about them.” Though he stands by his observations, Miller took his videos offline in the hopes of avoiding a costly legal battle.

    Grant Olson, a dentist in Springfield, Missouri, received a similar letter from SmileDirectClub later in October, claiming that he had made “false and deceptive statements” in a YouTube video reviewing the aligners. The note threatened to sue Olson’s practice, Innovative Dental, for more than $18 million plus punitive damages, if Olson’s posts referencing the company stayed online.

    Olson was ruffled but, like Miller, decided it was prudent to comply and took his video down. “I don’t have the funds or time to fight SmileDirectClub in court, despite the fact that I have pride in my statements,” he told BuzzFeed News.

    “Isn’t it crazy? It’s unheard of to me,” Olson said. “What’s a dentist supposed to do? Say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to lawyer up'?” He decided that it fell to state dentist regulators to inform the public about the products’ potential risks.

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    When Diamond Braces, an orthodontists’ group with offices in 19 locations in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, received SmileDirectClub’s request to remove a YouTube video made by one of their dentists, they ignored it, according to a lawsuit filed by SmileDirectClub on Oct. 23. In the suit, SmileDirect accuses the practice of defamation, unfair competition, and trade libel. (Diamond Braces did not respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment; the 17 dentists named in the complaint either declined to comment or did not respond, and one told BuzzFeed News he was no longer affiliated with the practice.)

    Then on Oct. 26, SmileDirect filed a lawsuit in Michigan district court against the Michigan affiliate of the American Dental Association (ADA), seeking damages for trade libel and alleging that the MDA presented the company in “false light.”

    The focus was a four-paragraph note in the August issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association, published under the headline “MDA Probes SmileDirectClub.” The note called on anyone who had been harmed by SmileDirect or other mail-order orthodontics companies like it to get in touch.

    “This method of providing diagnosis and treatment raises numerous legal and patient safety concerns,” the MDA’s article says, also noting that the website did not list the names of any Michigan dentists, as required by Michigan law. In fact, “[i]t does not appear from the website that a dentist ever sees the patient.”

    Before publishing the note, the MDA wrote, the group had sent a list of questions to SmileDirectClub and the company had replied. But, according to the article, the company did not offer evidence that it was following the law, or provide a list of Michigan dentists it worked with.

    In its lawsuit, SmileDirectClub contends that the MDA had wrongly implied that licensed dentists do not participate in its customers’ treatment plans, in order to persuade people to consult with dentists in the association instead. The article stood to drive away new customers and new dentists from the company, the suit alleges.

    “The statements in the article, and the overall tenor of the article, are untrue,” SmileDirect stated in the complaint. In a press release, company founder Alex Fenkell said that “the inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the MDA article are egregious.” The company told BuzzFeed News that a licensed dentist is involved in every customer’s treatment, but citing confidentiality, declined to name any of its affiliated dentists in Michigan.

    Jenny Armistead, the MDA’s director of marketing and communications, told BuzzFeed News by email that the MDA had no plans to retract the item. In a statement, the organization said that it stood by the accuracy of the article, dismissed SmileDirectClub’s claims, and added that “the MDA will vigorously defend itself in court.”

    The MDA also proposed a new policy to the national ADA — ratified on Oct. 23 — to discourage patients’ use of do-it-yourself orthodontics. The policy, provided to BuzzFeed News, states that a licensed dentist must supervise orthodontic procedures like oral exams and treatment planning, and must check a patient’s progress during and after a course of treatment.

    For Miller, the Maryland orthodontist, the story wasn’t over. On Oct. 25, he told BuzzFeed News, SmileDirectClub’s lawyers emailed him once again, seeking an agreement that would bar him — and the other four dentists in his practice — from making any negative statements about the company, in private or in public.

    "They want blood."

    The orthodontist was appalled. He’d already taken his videos down. “They want blood,” Miller told BuzzFeed News that week, calling their new demands “completely unrealistic.” A SmileDirect spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “Our policy is not to comment on individual situations or litigation.”

    Miller worried that the letter’s proposed terms would prevent him from adequately treating patients who had been hurt by the company's product and sought him out for a professional opinion.

    Now, according to Miller, his attorney and SmileDirect’s lawyers are working on a different settlement with more acceptable terms. He declined to provide details of that agreement to BuzzFeed News, but said that he’s ready for it to be over: “The only reason I’m signing this is to avoid the aggravation of going to court.”

    Meanwhile, as the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) waits for state dental boards to act on its complaints about SmileDirect, the group is hoping to also get the attention of the federal government.

    In mid-October, the AAO filed a complaint with the FDA alleging that SmileDirectClub is flouting the terms of its registration with the agency. Although its aligners and retainers do not need to be approved for sale by the FDA, the company is required to give the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health a description of how the products will be used.

    In a letter submitted to the FDA by the AAO’s lawyers on Oct. 13, the group argued that SmileDirectClub is running afoul of this so-called 510(k) requirement, at least for the last year or so. The letter points out that SmileDirect is using exactly the same FDA paperwork as Align Technology, even though the two companies don’t provide the same service: Invisalign relies on patients visiting dentists, whereas SmileDirect-affiliated dentists review cases virtually.

    “The AAO is disappointed that SDC has resorted to this kind of legal bullying rather than explaining how SDC’s business model is operating within the bounds of the law and focusing on promptly responding to the numerous patient complaints and issues about its product and services found in various forums,” Kevin Dillard, general counsel at AAO wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News.

    SmileDirectClub said the FDA has not contacted them, and contested the AAO’s claim. “Despite the AAO’s attempt to create a distinction as to the actual intended use of the aligners in its alleged complaint filed with the FDA, SmileDirectClub’s intended use is exactly the same,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

    Stephanie Caccomo, an FDA press officer, told BuzzFeed News that the agency does not confirm or comment on the status of complaints that are received. A spokesperson for Align Technology told BuzzFeed News by email that the company has not been approached by AAO or the FDA, and referred queries to SmileDirectClub.

    Legal experts say the FDA complaint will hinge on the precise role of the dentists affiliated with SmileDirectClub. In its statement to BuzzFeed News, the company said that a state-licensed dentist or orthodontist reviews every customer’s treatment plan, and checks on their progress — by reviewing “extra oral photos and patient comments” — every 90 days. “Patients are able to speak with their treating dentist/orthodontist if requested,” the spokesperson said.

    “If FDA thinks SmileDirectClub is violating the law, that poses a quite big problem for SmileDirectClub because this is their entire business model,” Patricia Zettler, a former FDA attorney and associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law, told BuzzFeed News.

    It’s unclear whether the FDA will want to wade into this issue, as it usually punts these questions to medical licensing boards instead, Zettler said. “It’s hard to know whether this is something FDA would decide is within its bailiwick, or that’s veering too far into the practice of medicine.” ●


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    Turns out that the Top End feels exactly like being on Isla Nublar.

    For starters, you can fly around both on an actual chopper.

    For starters, you can fly around both on an actual chopper.

    I mean, you wouldn’t exactly be thinking “I wonder what else might be on that island…” when you’re on a FREAKING HELICOPTER!

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    Just like Isla Nublar, the Top End can also look pretty stunning when you first get there.

    Just like Isla Nublar, the Top End can also look pretty stunning when you first get there.

    But we all know looks can be deceiving...

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    When you start exploring, you find some amazing scenery.

    When you start exploring, you find some amazing scenery.

    Why would you suspect anything out of the ordinary so far?

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    There’s some pretty lush vegetation around.

    There’s some pretty lush vegetation around.

    Perfect for all the herbivores that may or may not be lurking around the place.

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    You can even go swimming in some of the prehistoric-looking waterfalls.

    You can even go swimming in some of the prehistoric-looking waterfalls.

    In the movies the tourists always survive the water, right?

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    If boats are your thing, you can take this spooky looking one out to explore the local waters.

    If boats are your thing, you can take this spooky looking one out to explore the local waters.

    Because a Kronosaurus would never catch you in that…

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    Or this one, which actually warns you about dinosaurs.

    Or this one, which actually warns you about dinosaurs.

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    IT LITERALLY SAYS T-REX!

    IT LITERALLY SAYS T-REX!

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    You can even take a kayak out and just keep your fingers crossed you don’t bump noses with a Ichthyosaurus.

    You can even take a kayak out and just keep your fingers crossed you don’t bump noses with a Ichthyosaurus.

    You’re not out-swimming anything, mate.

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    You might need to go full on Jurassic survival mode.

    You might need to go full on Jurassic survival mode.

    Just stay away from the water during the night, yeah?

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    If you choose to explore by foot, you'll probably need to cross a few bridges that look like this.

    If you choose to explore by foot, you'll probably need to cross a few bridges that look like this.

    Why is there ALWAYS a flimsy looking bridge?!

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    You’ll probably come across these giant things that have literally been built by insects!

    You’ll probably come across these giant things that have literally been built by insects!

    No Velociraptor would ever see you hiding behind one of them.

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    And then comes a time when you find out you’re actually not the only ones kicking about this supposed paradise. And. You. Freak. Out.

    And then comes a time when you find out you’re actually not the only ones kicking about this supposed paradise. And. You. Freak. Out.

    That’s it, I’m done! Tell my family I loved them.

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    No, but seriously. Is that an actual dinosaur?

    No, but seriously. Is that an actual dinosaur?

    That’s just creepy AF.

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    Just like the goat in Jurassic Park, you can even watch these almost-dinosaurs being fed.

    Just like the goat in Jurassic Park, you can even watch these almost-dinosaurs being fed.

    RIP goat.

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    In the Top End, you get to stay in places like this.

    In the Top End, you get to stay in places like this.

    Don’t worry... there’s a toilet inside so there’s no risk of being eaten while taking a dump in an outside one.

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    There’s plenty of other life kicking about the place, too. Like these mini-dinos who help light the way home...

    There’s plenty of other life kicking about the place, too. Like these mini-dinos who help light the way home...

    #squadgoals #minidinosaurs

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    And these guys who aren’t actually Pterodactyls, I swear.

    And these guys who aren’t actually Pterodactyls, I swear.

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    Also this little dude who will happily guard your bedroom door.

    Also this little dude who will happily guard your bedroom door.

    Do-you-think-he-saur-us?

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    A set of Korean sheet masks that has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and costs less than $11.

    A set of Korean sheet masks that has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and costs less than $11.

    Promising review: "I've been purchasing these masks since January. I work three jobs, which causes me to break out easily (stress!) and before these masks I had dark circles around my eyes and multiple pimples. I now have a very clear face and my natural dark circles have lessened. I use these masks two to three times a week. I make time to have at least one spa night a week and it truly has made a difference in my skin." —Eric Proffit

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    A nourishing and totally affordable face serum that shrinks pores, fades sun spots, and reduces fine lines.

    A nourishing and totally affordable face serum that shrinks pores, fades sun spots, and reduces fine lines.

    Promising review: "This is my third order of this product and I will probably be a lifelong customer. I spend A LOT of money on face peels, facials, and anti-aging products and have probably tried and done research on every product under the sun. Since using this product I've stopped getting peels and facials. I have noticed a visible change in my skin and am always getting complements." —Shadi

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    Delhi waalon, get ready to get your drums out if there is a locust infestation.

    Currently, 22.2 million people are under trial in India, which is more than Netherlands' population.

    Currently, 22.2 million people are under trial in India, which is more than Netherlands' population.

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    Only men can be charged with adultery, not women.

    Only men can be charged with adultery, not women.

    Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code is based on the "presumption" that women are the property of men.

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    Original hand-written copies of the Constitution are kept in helium-filled cases in the chamber of the Indian parliament.

    Original hand-written copies of the Constitution are kept in helium-filled cases in the chamber of the Indian parliament.

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    People in and around Delhi can be summoned to beat drums to drive away locusts.

    People in and around Delhi can be summoned to beat drums to drive away locusts.

    Under the East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases, and Noxious Weeds Act, 1949, the populace should come together to beat drums and battle locust infestation. Team spirit!

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    Drug addicts can be exempt from prosecution if they are seeking treatment, but occasional users shall be tried.

    Drug addicts can be exempt from prosecution if they are seeking treatment, but occasional users shall be tried.

    Does section 64A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 think that occasional users are any different from addicts?

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    Watching porn is legal, distributing it is not.

    Watching porn is legal, distributing it is not.

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    ASAP, report any money that you stumbled upon if it is more than ₹10 or else you shall be arrested.

    ASAP, report any money that you stumbled upon if it is more than ₹10 or else you shall be arrested.

    The Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878 assumes you'd become an Ambani if you bag ₹ 11.

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    In Maharashtra, people are considered old enough to marry at 18 years but are not considered old enough to drink till they turn 25 years.

    In Maharashtra, people are considered old enough to marry at 18 years but are not considered old enough to drink till they turn 25 years.

    Oh, we can vote on turning 18 too.

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    No hotel can deny someone water or access to the washroom.

    No hotel can deny someone water or access to the washroom.

    The Indian Serais Act, 1887 envisages the spirit of "atithi devo bhavo".

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    There can be no more than ten couples on the dance floor at once.

    There can be no more than ten couples on the dance floor at once.

    The drafter of this provision in the Prevention of Seditious Meetings Act, 1911 clearly loathes Bollywood dancing.

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    Supreme Court has been designed to represent the two scales of justice.

    Supreme Court has been designed to represent the two scales of justice.

    Is it? Sometime back, it looked like a penis.

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    Since they realized that they cannot arrest a dead person, they made a law stating that any failed attempt to commit suicide is illegal.

    Since they realized that they cannot arrest a dead person, they made a law stating that any failed attempt to commit suicide is illegal.

    Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code clearly was not drafted taking into consideration one's mental health.

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    Flying kites is illegal (without permission), as is flying balloons.

    Flying kites is illegal (without permission), as is flying balloons.

    Under the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, only qualified licensed pilots are allowed to handle flying objects, whose definition apparently includes kites and balloons.

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    In Delhi, home delivery of alcoholic beverages is not allowed as they believe that the driver may become intoxicated while delivering alcohol.

    In Delhi, home delivery of alcoholic beverages is not allowed as they believe that the driver may become intoxicated while delivering alcohol.

    But you can still order a beer and wine from supermarkets, 'cause light alcohol.

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    Sparkly, white teeth is allegedly a qualification to become a motor vehicle inspector in Andhra Pradesh.

    Sparkly, white teeth is allegedly a qualification to become a motor vehicle inspector in Andhra Pradesh.

    Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1914 for Andhra prescribed that to qualify as an inspector, one needed to possess a clean set of teeth. No one knows the reason behind this.

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    And, prostitution is legal, but being a pimp isn't.

    And, prostitution is legal, but being a pimp isn't.

    I guess it's ok to solicit people as long as you go at it alone.

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    Why does every science fact sound like a line from my nightmare journal?

    It is my great displeasure to inform you that snails have teeth.

    It is my great displeasure to inform you that snails have teeth.

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    Yes, the animal that looks like a shell sneezed boogers all over itself has actual teeth! Like a shark or a human. TEETH.

    Yes, the animal that looks like a shell sneezed boogers all over itself has actual teeth! Like a shark or a human. TEETH.

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    And their teeth are hard!!! Some of the hardest organic material on Earth, according to some very patient scientists.

    And their teeth are hard!!! Some of the hardest organic material on Earth, according to some very patient scientists.

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    Their teeth are arranged in rows along a "radula," which is sort of like a tongue.

    Their teeth are arranged in rows along a "radula," which is sort of like a tongue.

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    Sorry that the world we live in is a never-ending tunnel of horrors.

    Sorry that the world we live in is a never-ending tunnel of horrors.

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    I vant to suck your blood.

    A few months ago, Selorm found herself on a date with a real-life vampire, who recommended she get fangs.

    A few months ago, Selorm found herself on a date with a real-life vampire, who recommended she get fangs.

    So she did! "My mom always said: 'Don't make big changes for a man.' And here I am."

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    Watch Selorm get her very own vampire fangs!

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    Anthony and Selorm went to the master fangsmith himself, the one-and-only Father Sebastiaan, who makes fangs for the vampire community.

    Anthony and Selorm went to the master fangsmith himself, the one-and-only Father Sebastiaan, who makes fangs for the vampire community.

    He explained that going to a proper fangsmith is almost the first rite of passage for any would-be vampire.

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    But first, Selorm had to take a very important oath.

    But first, Selorm had to take a very important oath.

    She promised not to eat or sleep with her fangs, to have amazing sex with them on (yep), and to wait until she had been given permission to see herself with the fangs.

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    You know what time it was?

    You know what time it was?

    That's right, baby! BTW, Father Sebastiaan kept his fang mold creation a top secret.

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    So, let's fast forward to the part where Sebastiaan shaped the mold using Selorm's incisor teeth.

    So, let's fast forward to the part where Sebastiaan shaped the mold using Selorm's incisor teeth.

    Then they waited about 10 minutes for the mold to dry.

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    And voilà! Selorm had her very own, custom-made vampire teeth.

    And voilà! Selorm had her very own, custom-made vampire teeth.

    (She hadn't seen them yet at this point.)

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    But that wasn't it. Selorm was given a vampire name, that she picked using a book kept on hand by Father Sebastiaan. Dope!

    But that wasn't it. Selorm was given a vampire name, that she picked using a book kept on hand by Father Sebastiaan. Dope!

    Ixiona it was!

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    And she was also given a gift of an ankh.

    And she was also given a gift of an ankh.

    Officially making her a member of the Sabretooth Clan.

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    Then there was just one thing left: the big reveal.

    Then there was just one thing left: the big reveal.

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    Oh, and Selorm's co-workers loved them!

    Oh, and Selorm's co-workers loved them!

    I mean, they looked "fangtastic."

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    “Tooth Fairy, you need to get your life together.”

    “I do not think that you just gave me a reasonable amount of money because $1 is not going to cut it. It is my first molar, come on! Maybe $5 will do. Thank you. Please respond.”

    “I do not think that you just gave me a reasonable amount of money because $1 is not going to cut it. It is my first molar, come on! Maybe $5 will do. Thank you. Please respond.”

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    "Please leave me more than $1 because Maw Maw said you're cheap."

    "Please leave me more than $1 because Maw Maw said you're cheap."

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    "Ever since we moved here I've lost three teeth so far and you didn't come yet so you need to find where we live and bring me three dollars and get your life together."

    "Ever since we moved here I've lost three teeth so far and you didn't come yet so you need to find where we live and bring me three dollars and get your life together."

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    “I want an iPhone in replacement of money. I’m not saying I don’t like the money. It’s that I really want an iPhone.”

    “I want an iPhone in replacement of money. I’m not saying I don’t like the money. It’s that I really want an iPhone.”

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    “Listen, Tooth Fairy, this is as nice as it gets. Come and get my tooth otherwise I will sue you and hire someone that is fit for a tooth fairy and my teeth.”

    “Listen, Tooth Fairy, this is as nice as it gets. Come and get my tooth otherwise I will sue you and hire someone that is fit for a tooth fairy and my teeth.”

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    “I lost a tooth yesterday. I have the hole in my mouth to prove it. I threw away the tooth when I was eating my pizza. Can I still get tooth money? I know your contract has fine print, can we please make a deal?”

    “I lost a tooth yesterday. I have the hole in my mouth to prove it. I threw away the tooth when I was eating my pizza. Can I still get tooth money? I know your contract has fine print, can we please make a deal?”

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    “Thank you for coming even though I didn’t give you my tooth…What do you love? Can you come to my house in the day time? What is your name?”

    “Thank you for coming even though I didn’t give you my tooth…What do you love? Can you come to my house in the day time? What is your name?”

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    “I would really like to know your name and age...Maybe we could chat each time I lose a tooth. Please write back.”

    “I would really like to know your name and age...Maybe we could chat each time I lose a tooth. Please write back.”

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    "I want a Barbie motor home. I love you."

    "I want a Barbie motor home. I love you."

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    “My tooth went down the drain. It was an accident. Will you take this eyelash instead?”

    “My tooth went down the drain. It was an accident. Will you take this eyelash instead?”

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    “I think you made a mistake. Last time I lost a tooth you gave me $20 and this time only $5. Please can I have $15?"

    “I think you made a mistake. Last time I lost a tooth you gave me $20 and this time only $5. Please can I have $15?"

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    “Can I please keep my tooth thanks but I am broke so can I have the money?"

    “Can I please keep my tooth thanks but I am broke so can I have the money?"

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    “You might think this is some kind of joke, but it’s not. My dear sisters lost my tooth, and if you don’t believe me look in my mouth (but don’t wake me up). I would be really happy if you were to give me money for my invisible tooth.”

    “You might think this is some kind of joke, but it’s not. My dear sisters lost my tooth, and if you don’t believe me look in my mouth (but don’t wake me up). I would be really happy if you were to give me money for my invisible tooth.”

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    "Please write me a note saying you came but in your fairy language. Thank you."

    "Please write me a note saying you came but in your fairy language. Thank you."

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    "To Mr/Ms/Mrs Tooth Fairy...Thank you a lot for giving me $ I appreciate your benevolent service and I hope your services will not be abolished. P.S. Give me $50 or $100 please. P.P.S. No less than dat."

    "To Mr/Ms/Mrs Tooth Fairy...Thank you a lot for giving me $ I appreciate your benevolent service and I hope your services will not be abolished. P.S. Give me $50 or $100 please. P.P.S. No less than dat."

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    "This is my last baby tooth, so can I have a little extra money please? P.S. You won't have to visit me anymore."

    "This is my last baby tooth, so can I have a little extra money please? P.S. You won't have to visit me anymore."

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    "I know you’re not real but here’s my tooth. If it’s dad you owe me $5 for the tooth and $5 for licking the chili, so you own me $10!”

    "I know you’re not real but here’s my tooth. If it’s dad you owe me $5 for the tooth and $5 for licking the chili, so you own me $10!”

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    Come on, guys.


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    If only you could bookmark this list in your subconscious.


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    Imagine swimming along and this guy just chompin' on you.


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    ロシアからニュースをお届けします。


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