The Science Tooth Fairy Read-A-Loud

Erin Dunn ScD, MPH, and her research team in the Dunn Lab have been studying teeth. That’s right, teeth!

They have been fascinated by the clues teeth might provide about our early life experiences, which could ultimately be used to help identify new ways to prevent brain health problems, like depression, and promote brain health.

Dr. Dunn recently wrote a book about her research as the “Science Tooth Fairy,” recorded here as a read-a-loud!

Order a free copy of The Science Tooth Fairy (while supplies last)!
  • The Mass General Research Institute was formed to support, promote and guide research at Massachusetts General Hospital—home of the largest hospital-based research enterprise in the United States. For this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, our researchers contributed videos, activity books, science experiments and much more. See all of our activities here.
  • About
    The Science Tooth Fairy© was designed to help parents talk with their children about donating their teeth to scientists. The book is centered around a character named the Science Tooth Fairy, who is a scientist that collects and studies teeth. The book tells the story of how teeth can help scientific research through the eyes of two children who have conflicting views: one who wants to donate their tooth to the Science Tooth Fairy, and one who is a little unsure. The two children meet members of the Science Tooth Fairy’s research team and learn about how the teeth are studied in her research laboratory. The book is a fun and informative read for both parents and junior scientists!

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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

For the 2021 Festival, we will host a month-long celebration of STEAM in our community with an overarching theme of gratitude and appreciation. During the month of April 2021, we will showcase creative digital and virtual entries from our rich STEAM community.

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