The Original Mouthville

The Original Mouthville

I really do like pinterest. It exposes you to an array of  ideas (a word search as wrapping paper, *genius!*) and talent.

I stumbled across this cartoon by James Doody. Doody is the creater of ‘Mouthville, which creatively illustrates the microorganisms in our mouth. He writes that,

“In 1996, I was asked by the L.A. Times to do a cartoon illustration about the microorganisms the live in our mouth. With over 600 species, the average daily bacteria population in a typical human host’s mouth is about 100,000.”

Visit his pinterest board here to further explore Mouthville.


Tooth Development 3D Video

Read More, Study More, Write More: 3 Songs

I like discovering new music. Especially music that is perfect to listen to while re-writing and condensing mountains of notes.

Here are my current top 3 tracks:

1: Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon (Full Future Festival, 2012)

Mvula’s  debut album titled “Sing to the Moon is scheduled for release in March this year, and if judged by this stunning performance it will be amazing.

2. Ólafur Arnalds – This Place Is A Shelter (Living Room Songs)

Simply beautiful.

3. Melody Gardot – Mira (Later… With Jools Holland, 2012)

I first heard Gardot during a Later… With Jools Holland performance and since then I have been mesmerised by her enchanting voice.

Do you find listening to music helps with revision? What are you currently listening to?

Animal Dental Health: Hippopotamus

Animal Dental Health: Hippopotamus

A keeper brushes a hippo’s teeth at the Shanghai Zoo November 3, 2010. The hippo has its teeth cleaned three times a week to reduce the chance of mouth diseases, local media reported. REUTER/Stringer

Dentistry Meets Fashion: Tooth Ring

Tooth Ring

This photo was snapped in the streets of Harajyuku, Tokyo.

Would you dare wear this ring? If so, what would you team it with? Have a look here to see what the owner of the ring wore it with.

Motivational Monday-Zwei- Tooth Fairy Dental Educational Video

This is a great idea for anyone who wants to dentally educate children. The tooth fairies did an excellent job in presenting a fun and interactive lesson.
I came across this video whilst I was planning out my lesson plan for my Oral Health Promotion class. I would have totally dressed up in a neon coloured tutu with a matching Nicki Minaj-esque wig and done this!

Motivational Monday: A Winning Strategy

Oral Health Promotion- Nursery Visit I

Last week I found out that on the 27th I would be visiting a nursery to promote Oral Health. My aims are to basically explain to the children how to brush their teeth, what entails a nutritional diet and when & why we visit the dentist.
So far, I have created my lesson plan and will be shopping for some crafts tomorrow.
Here’s a link to a Pinterest board that I have made for some creative ideas:

Cytology III: Cell Organelles And Their Function

The Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER)

a) a network of tubular canals that connects the nucleur membrane with the cell membrane
b) functions like a little circulatory system within the cell for transport of molecules

Smooth ER

1- contains enzyme systems involved in lipid and steroid metabolism

Rough ER

1- studded with ribosomes
-ribosomes are composed mostly of RNA are synthesised in the nucleolus of the cell
-ribosomes are where the proteins are synthesised

Storage Vacuoles and Vesicles

a) act as storage sites

a) formed from sacules of Golgi complex
b) contain hydrolytic enzymes
c) fuse with food vacuoles
d) digest substances within the cell

a) 12-1,000 mitotic per cell, large, bean-shaped organelles
b) the inner membrane covered with enzymes containing folded membranes inside
c) site of cellular inspiration; the generation of ATP
d) contains its own DNA and ribosomes
e) active cells contain large numbers

Golgi Apparatus/Complex
a) formulates special substances such as mucous
b) layers of membranes, stacks of membranous saccules
c) stores, modifies and packages chemical substances formed in the E.R.

a) found only in animal subsatnces
b) involved in cell division
c) rod-shaped
d) positioned near to nucleus
e) help seperate the chromosomes in cell division

Organelles for Motion:
a) a long whip-like extencion from the cell
b) moves the cell e.g, human sperm cell
c) found in sperm

a) hair-like projecions from te cell
b) create movement around the cell
c) cells like those in the respiratory pathways and fallopian tubes

Cytology II: Eukaryotic Cells and The Cell Membrane

Eukaryotic Cells

Basic Cell Structure

  • Plasma/ Cell membrane
  • Cytoplasm
  • Nucleus (Nuclear membrane, nucleoplasm and nucleolus)

The Cell Membrane
a) provides a membrane boundary for the cell
b) acts as a semi-permeable membrane, allowing only some substances to enter or leave the cell
c) bi-layer (double layer) of phospholipid molecules with embedded proteins
d) each person has a unique set of glycoproteins on surface of cell
e) some cell membranes are folded into microvilli, that increase the surface area


Ion Channels

-specific for sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride ions

-can open or close

Transporter (Carrier)
-specific for amino acids and sugars
-may require ATP

-catalyse specific reactions

Receptor Sites
-located on outer surface of cell membrane
-specific for certain hormones, drugs and neurotransmitter
-activation of receptor site

Recognition Sites
-located on outer surface of cell membrane
-allow WBCs to recognise your cells from foreign cells

Hank Green on Cell Membranes and Transport


a) composed of water and proteins

b) the cytoskeleton is a network of proteins organised into microtubules and microfilaments. It permits changes in the shape of the cell.


a) nuclear membrane contains pores

b) nucleoplasm with chromosomes

c) nucleolus which stores RNA

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