Your Health: Oct. 26, 1998

GOOD NEWS FOR TEETH

Visiting the dentist may have just become easier. The FDA has approved Millennium, a laser-powered drill that uses a stream of water instead of metal blades to excavate tooth surfaces. The advantage: Millennium causes less pain than conventional drills, and it doesn't emit that hair-raising high-pitched whine.

BAD NEWS ON MICROWAVING

Don't pop any old plastic container in the microwave. Federal health authorities are concerned that chemicals from some plastics may leach into food. To protect yourself, cook only in containers labeled microwave safe (no margarine tubs or cottage-cheese cartons), don't nuke plastic wraps and don't recycle...

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