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Tooth decay experiment

01/06/2009

Question:

I would like to do an experiment to demonstrate the effects of different liquids on tooth decay. I`ve found several experiments online and know what I want to do, but I haven`t found a source for teeth! Where are these people getting their teeth from? I can`t find anywhere to order them, and I don`t want to use my own or collect them from someone else! I assume they are getting something like cow or pig teeth (which may react differently than human teeth).

Answer:

Actually, the enamel is similar so if you can get cow or pig teeth, that will work. A meat market such as Falters on Greenlawn Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, might be able to help. We cannot give out human teeth due to environmental waste guidelines.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University