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Tulisa doesn’t have a smile for the photographers after leaving dental clinic

Thu

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contoslavlos might be famous for showing off her selfies on social networking sites but the 25-year-old was not keen to have her picture taken after leaving the dental clinic following treatment for a chipped tooth. The ex-N-Dubz singer refused to flash a smile after her appointment and remained tight-lipped as the photographers asked about her dental treatment. Her people have not commented on how Tulisa damaged the tooth either.

Tulisa has been engineering her comeback for some time now and after recent run-ins with the law she wanted everything to be perfect after damaging her tooth. Following the successful treatment, the singer was in high spirits and tweeted her delight to the Essex clinic that helped her, saying ‘thanks 4 sorting out my chipped tooth 2day! It was not a good look looooool.’

In a bid to get back into the music scene after her stint as a judge on talent show X-Factor, Tulisa has been working hard in the studio since last year, preparing for the release of the follow-up to 2012’s The Female Boss. On Monday, she uploaded a photograph of herself recording vocals, along with the caption, ‘Studio time. #letmebeyourremedy.’

Have ‘Friends’ fallen out over Botox injections?

Wed

According to American media sources, BFF’s Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are feuding over Botox injections after Jen mentioned she was not a fan of the injectable. The actress spoke about her support of natural aging in a recent interview and called Botox ‘terrible’. According to an insider, Courteney was not happy with Jen voicing this opinion, as she has used Botox in the past.

A source close to both actresses said that Courteney is ‘furious’ with her best friend for ‘taking a backhanded slap at her appearance’. According to the insider, Courteney ‘called Jen on her nasty dig’ The discussion turned sour when the We Are The Millers star ‘fired back that Courteney should act her age and stop trying so hard to impress her young boyfriend.’ She also added that ‘women who don’t allow themselves to age naturally and gracefully are pathetic.’

The two women have been friends since their time on hit TV sitcom ‘Friends’ in the late 90’s and Aniston is even Godmother to Courteney’s daughter Coco, whom she shares with ex-husband David Arquette. Over their long friendship the two have had their ups and downs and the inside source does not expect the fight to last indefinitely, adding ‘They’re both sore right now. But knowing Jen and Courteney’s tempestuous history, they’ll kiss and make up eventually.’

Dental therapists to stand in for dentists at check-ups

Tue

A new NHS system is undergoing trials to see if waiting lists can be reduced; in order to tackle the growing number of patients who have to wait weeks for an appointment, dental therapists and dental assistants could stand in for dentists. If successful, the system could be rolled out countrywide within two years.

Dental therapists could be drilling and filling patient’s teeth and extracting baby teeth and dental nurses could be brought in to carry out less invasive procedures, such as fluoride varnishes, according to the chief dental officer Barry Cockcroft. Mr Cockcroft spoke to The Mail on Sunday at the British Dental Conference in Manchester, saying ‘A dentist is very highly trained and can carry out complex work such as crowns and bridges. Therapists can do extractions and fillings.’

The pilot for the new scheme introduces a traffic-light rating system, where patients are given a red, green, or amber notice to suggest what sort of condition their dental health is in, indicating what type of treatment is applicable.

Dentists largely welcomed the new ideas and Health Minister Earl Howe was in agreement, comparing it to GP practices; ‘sometimes in GP practices you see a nurse and sometimes a GP. People are used to that.’

However, not all dentists are in favour; Dr Len D’Cruz, of Woodford Dental Car in North-East London, said that ‘it’s halved the number of patients we can see and increased waiting times, which is frustrating for the practice and patients.’

‘Elvis Day’ arranged to raise awareness of mouth cancer

Mon

A dental crown made for legendary performer Elvis Presley is being toured across the UK as a dozen dentists are set to take part in ‘Elvis Day’ this May, in order to promote awareness of mouth cancer. The crown was made for Elvis by Memphis dentist Henry J Weiss and the restoration will be on display alongside costumes, music and free mouth cancer screenings for patients. 1,985 people in the UK died from oral cancer in 2010.

The crown was made after Elvis visited the dentist at 10.30pm on August 15th 1977, the day before he passed away at his Graceland home in Memphis, aged 42. The tooth restoration was then bought at auction in February 2012 for $11,000 (about £6,600) by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth. Dr Michael Zuk has also been making headlines recently as he claimed to be considering cloning singer John Lennon from DNA taken from a wisdom tooth that he also purchased at auction, saying that the clone ‘could be looked at as my son’.

This famous Beatles tooth was also sent to 16 different dental clinics in the UK as part of a similar campaign back in 2012. The tooth was put into a pendant and it toured the surgeries to raise awareness of dental problems, including oral cancers.

Kylie Jenner hits back at Botox claims

Fri

The youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner, has hit back at online claims that she has had Botox injections, saying that the suggestions were ‘kinda insulting’ and hurtful. The Keeping Up With The Kardashian reality star posted several Twitter rants saying that the rumours were untrue and adding that ‘just in case anyone forgot… I’m 16’ to prove her point.

Kylie’s friends quickly jumped to her defence on social media sites, saying that the 16-year-old looks different due to facial changes that may have taken part during puberty, rather than going under the knife to surgically enhance her looks. Long-time friend Jordon Woods posted ‘Puberty is a beautiful thing.’ And model Haily Baldwin, daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, added that ‘they just don’t wanna believe people can be naturally beautiful.’

As well as Botox injections the Australian OK! Magazine suggested earlier this month that the young reality regular has had several surgical procedures, including a nose job, lip fillers, and Botox injections. A representative for Kylie told MailOnline ‘that’s so ridiculous and not true.’

Kylie’s sisters and mother are no strangers to this situation either; the Kardashian ladies are under regular scrutiny for their appearance, including suspected surgery on Kim’s nose, breasts, and her famously large behind.

Dentist wants to clone John Lennon from tooth DNA

Thu

A Canadian dentist who bought the extracted wisdom tooth of former Beatle John Lennon is hoping to extract enough DNA from the molar to clone the singer.

Dentist Michael Zuk spoke to host Mark Evans for the Channel 4 programme Dead Famous DNA, saying ‘If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate. My goal is to own John Lennon’s DNA.’ Zuk revealed that he would like to clone the legendary artist and raise him as his son, explaining that ‘he could be looked at as my son but I don’t think I would be the one, you know, owning his property, he would have the rights when he was old enough to make a claim.’

When asked if he would like the clone to become a musician, Zuk answered that he would try to ‘keep him away from drugs and cigarettes’ and joked that providing guitar lessons ‘wouldn’t hurt anyone.’

Dr Zuk did not seem too concerned with the moral or ethical objections to cloning a dead rock star and instead concentrated on the laws surrounding cloning, saying ‘I think I can… depends where you do these things. If it can’t be done in one country you can do these things in another. To have John Lennon’s DNA sequence outside of the family protection, to me… it is worth millions.’

Medical experts warn about mouthwash links with cancer

Wed

Research has shown that there is a link between over-use of mouthwash and cancer and researchers are warning of an ‘elevated risk’ if the product is used ‘three or more times a day’.

Europe-wide research suggested that excessive use of mouthwash raises the risk of cancer and the study leader Dr David Conway, of the University of Glasgow, adds that ‘some people who regularly smoke or drink alcohol use mouthwash to hide the smell’ which could increase the risk of oral cancers. The product can be useful if prescribed by a dentist but Dr Conway said that ‘all you need for good oral health is regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing, plus regular check-ups by a dentist.’

Alcohol in mouthwash is thought to help cancer-causing substances to penetrate the mouth lining more easily, but the study leader maintained that ‘We did not find any significant increase in risk associated with using mouthwash once or twice a day.’ The reviewers said that the results showed it was reasonable to ‘believe that there is now sufficient evidence to accept the proposition that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer.’

The study involved 1, 962 patients with mouth or throat cancer and 1,993 people without the disease; 13 universities across nine countries were included in the research. The results are being published in the specialist journal Oral Oncology.

Postcard reveals extent of Hitler’s dental problems

Tue

A postcard written by Adolf Hitler during World War One has revealed that the dictator had a phobia of visiting the dentist and suffered terrible dental problems as a result of poor oral hygiene. The card, which has surfaced in Munich, is dated December 21, 1916 and describes how Hitler had 19 teeth removed at a dental appointment; the writing has been examined and authenticated. Professor of history at the University of Augsburg, Ludwig Eiber, said that ‘The postcard is written in his handwriting and signed by him. There is no doubt that it is genuine.’

The card is marked with the stamp of the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment, Hitler’s unit during the First World War; the future Fuehrer was in a Munich hospital recovering from a grenade wound to his thigh. This is the second postcard that Hitler sent to a fellow soldier called Karl Lanzhammer, in the short paragraph he jokes ‘you can’t imagine how nice I looked’ after the treatment and added ‘now I’m better.’

Hitler was well-known for hating trips to the dentist and his personal dentist Johannes Blaschke revealed how the German leader once insisted that root canal treatment be spread over eight days because he could not take the pain all in one go. According to the dentist, Hitler also had ‘terribly bad breath, abscesses and gum disease.’

TOWIE regular splashes £19,000 on new veneers

Mon

It’s only been a few years since The Only Way Is Essex cast member Chloe Sims underwent dental treatment costing £19,000 but now the 31-year-old has been back to the dentist to have her veneers redone after giving in to some of the negative comments about her previous dental work. Some members of the TOWIE cast nicknamed her ‘horse-teeth’ and Chloe has decided to spend a further £19,000 getting the veneers replaced with ones that look more natural.

Chloe told The Sun newspaper that her fellow cast members said her teeth looked ‘ridiculous’ and she described her previous set of veneers as ‘absolutely awful’, saying ‘they were really big, all the same length and didn’t fit my mouth properly.’ After her dental treatment at Smile Studio Richmond, she seemed to be feeling more positive about her appearance, saying ‘Now I’ve got the perfect smile and I’m over the moon with them. Everybody loves them. I’ve had loads and loads of good feedback about them.’

The mother-of-one went on to describe the veneers in a bit more detail in the video interview, saying ‘As you can see, they’re all different shapes, they’ve even got ridges and they’re a little bit more see-through at the bottom so they look more natural.’

Chloe also added a personal message at the end of the clip, thanking the dentist for ‘rescuing’ her smile.

Teeth have become smaller as our brains have increased in size

Fri

New research has shown that human teeth have decreased in size as our brains have become larger over the last 2.5 million years. Researchers in Spain have described the finding as an ‘evolutionary paradox and suggested that the changes could have come about due to drastic alterations in diet. The study involved a variety of primates and revealed that humans are the only ones who have smaller teeth in relation to brain size.

Previous ideas about human evolution would suggest that mankind needed to eat more to support a growing brain and higher metabolism, which would in turn lead to larger teeth; however, experts believe that as humans started to eat more nutritious foods, like animal meat, this enabled the same amount of proteins and fats to be absorbed without the need for a greater quantity.

Lead researcher Juan Manuel Jimenez-Arenas, wrote in the research article that ‘Brain volume and cheek-tooth size had traditionally been considered as two traits that show opposite evolutionary trends during the evolution of Homo. Here we show that there is an essential difference between the genus Homo and the living primate species.’ It was also revealed that humans are the only primates to show an ‘inverse relationship’ with teeth and brain size, compared to other primates. The shrinking of the teeth could possibly be a genetic change, based on the inactivation of a gene called MYH16 – which is linked to brain structure.

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