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Botox doctor warns about dermal filler risks

Wed

A doctor who pioneered the use of Botox injections claims that almost one hundred people have lost vision in one or both eyes after getting botched dermal filler injections; Professor Jean Carruthers said that 98 people worldwide had suffered blindness following the procedure.

Under British law, anyone can inject fillers without medical qualifications.

Dermal fillers are not prescription-only, like Botox, which means that there are risks if treatment is arranged with someone who is not medically trained to provide it. Prof Carruthers said that the results could be ‘catastrophic’ if the fillers are mistakenly injected into a blood vessel, leading to blindness or possibly a stroke if the filler reaches the brain.

Professor Carruthers was speaking at the World Congress of Dermatology conference in Vancouver,  Canada, and she explained that ‘often the commonest filler to be used mid-face and around the eyes is actually fat. It’s your own fat that is being used. And you can’t get rid of fat once it’s in an artery. It’s there – you can’t dissolve it. It’s an utter disaster.’

Danish dentistry student pulls out his own wisdom tooth

Tue

A dentistry student from Denmark has posted a video online of his wisdom tooth being removed by his own hand; Jesper Ryltoft performed the extraction on his own upper molar whilst sitting in the dentist’s chair. Jesper, 25, studies dentistry at the Aarhus School of Dentistry in Denmark, and decided to take the tooth out himself just to see if he could do it.

The video shows Jesper administering local anaesthetic to his own gums, using a mirror to see what he is doing with the treatment. He is occasionally assisted by another dentist when the angles become too awkward to negotiate the tools into the right positon. He can then be seen gripping the tooth with an extraction tool and rocking it from side to side before heaving it out of the socket and holding up the bloodied tooth for the camera to see.

Jesper seemed no worse for wear after the self-surgery was completed but he added a warning to anyone that was considering a similar procedure themselves, writing ‘Please note: Do not attempt to do anything like this on your own. I am a dental student and had professional equipment and a dentist present when doing this.’

Kate Winslet hits back against surgery claims

Mon

Hollywood actress Kate Winslet has hit back at claims by tabloid papers that she has gone under the knife; the 39-year-old has spoken to usatoday.com about the rumours as UK papers ask why Kate’s skin looks so smooth and wrinkle-free when she is nearing forty. On the promotional circuit for her latest film, A Little Chaos, Kate spoke out about the rumours concerning her appearance.

The mother-of-three said that ‘Someone speculated have I had Botox?’ She then began to raise and lower her eyebrows to show how the skin crinkles when she forms facial expressions; thus making it clear that she hasn’t been near face injections to try and keep wrinkles at bay. Seemingly perturbed by the suggestion, Kate added ‘I mean, seriously? It makes me crazy how people can possibly say that.’

Although she does look young for her 39 years, the actress said that there was no great secret to her youthful appearance and described her daily routine as ‘very boring’, adding that she wears sunscreen to protect her skin and drinks two litres of water every day to stay hydrated and keep the skin cells smooth and moisturised, which helps to prevent wrinkles from forming.

Woman has lived with a dentist’s drill lodged in her jaw for two years

Fri

A woman from Leamington Spa has had to live with a broken dentist’s drill in her jaw for the past two years after the instrument snapped off during a root canal treatment. Alison Southwood, 44, was left with the broken drill bit in her tooth for the extended period of time as a string of experts refused to remove it due to risks involved. Dental surgeons feared that trying to remove the drill would leave her with numbness in her face.

Alison told Mailonline ‘I can’t believe how much stress and misery has been caused by what should have been a simple operation.’ Although her mouth was numbed for the treatment, she said that it was obvious something had gone wrong and she explained that ‘a hush descended on the room and the dentist and dental nurse exchanged worried glances. They legged it out of the room for a private discussion. I was just left to lie there and wonder how there were going to break the news to me.’

The treated tooth has since started to decay and Alison faces having the molar extracted so that surgeons can reach and remove the drill. She added ‘It’s a race against time to get it out. If left for too long, the metal could cause a toxic reaction. It’s an absolutely terrifying thought.’

Alison received £5,500 in an out of court settlement from Genix Healthcare in Cirencester, following a sixteen month legal battle after the incident occurred in March 2013. A spokesperson for the company said ‘we are totally committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and the high quality of dental treatment and care provided.’

Jazz singer gets her voice back after undergoing orthodontic treatment

Thu

A jazz singer-songwriter who suffered with tooth misalignments as a result of her pregnancy said that she has orthodontics to thank for getting her voice back. Sara Mitra, 33, spoke to The Telegraph about the situation and explained that, due to developing malocclusions, she noticed a change in her voice when she tried to sing.

Sara visited a dental clinic and started treatment with Invisalign – a system that involves a series of clear aligners to be worn one for twenty-two hours out of the day, for a period of two weeks each. This type of brace is becoming increasingly popular as it can provide orthodontic treatment without the appliance being obvious when the teeth are on show.

After just over a year of orthodontic work, Sara’s teeth were straight and she noticed a marked improvement in her singing. After completing Invisalign treatment, Sara, switched to a metal brace that is fixed to the back of her teeth, to ensure that the same thing does not happen with her second pregnancy.

Sara seems to be pleased with her smile now; she said ‘I love my teeth. What surprised me most was the care and attention to detail that was given to finding the right solution.’

Morning Joe host jokes about lisp after getting braces

Wed

The hosts of MSNBC’s morning news show Morning Joe, were left in fits of giggles on live television after one of the panel admitted that the reason she had suddenly developed a lisp was because she had started orthodontic treatment with lingual braces. Mika Brzezinski, 48, had not mentioned to the viewers that she had started the treatment but the cat was let out of the bag after she had problems pronouncing the letted ‘S’ during a news segment on ISIS.

Co-host Joe Scarborough was unable to keep the secret and told Mika that she had to explain why she suddenly had a lisp, saying ‘It’s worse than I ever imagined.’ The female host carried on with the programme but her colleagues had already lost their composure, with producers behind the camera even getting the giggles. Scarborough was almost crying with laughter as his co-host attempted to say ‘ISIS’ two or three times, with a noticeable lisp affecting her speech.

Mika explained that she had the lingual braces fitted onto the back of her teeth because of an overbite. She told the panel ‘It’s my bite that’s bad’. Although the braces are virtually invisible from the front of her mouth, the orthodontic appliance has obviously affected her speech somewhat; this can happen with treatment but it is usually a temporary problem that resolves itself quickly.

Dentists say the Government is failing NHS patients

Tue

As the pressure for dentist to take on new patients increases, dental professionals are questioning government policies on payment and patient registration, with one dentist saying that the system is failing NHS patients. One in three NHS dentists in England is refusing to take on new NHS patients and patients are facing a waiting list of up to nine months for those surgeries that are taking on new patients.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that the issues needed to be addressed ‘imminently’ or ‘we are going to see a repeat of queues round the block if somebody does manage to open a new NHS surgery.’ He added that ‘dentists would like to be doing more NHS work but are unable to because they’re unable to get the contracts to do it.’

According to NHS regulations, dentists have to be clear about their availability and should not require NHS registration before a patient can get treatment. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said ‘It is not acceptable for dentists to mislead patients about their services. Practices need to be clear on whether they accept new patients, the length of their waiting lists and charges.’

Actress Ali Wentworth cites Lena Dunham as her inspiration for getting Botox treatment

Mon

Ali Wentworth, actress and wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, has spoken about how comments from Girls creator Lena Dunham inspired her to get Botox injections in order to look younger. The mother-of-two spoke about fellow actress Lena in an interview with People.

Ali told the publication that Lena had called her husband George, 54, a ‘sexual icon’ while she was sitting watching the interview in her pyjamas – which immediately made her think ‘oh great, I’m married to a sexual icon.’

Although Lena is a staunch feminist, her comments made the fifty year old actress feel self-conscious about aging and she explained that she ‘immediately called up to get Botox’ because she thought to herself ‘I’ve gotta step it up! I’ve gotta shave my legs!’

The TV actress even ran into Lena recently and told her about putting the anecdote in her new memoir Happily Ali After; she said that she told Lena ‘You called George a sexual icon’ and she was like ‘he is! He is!’ and I was like ‘Stop saying that! I’m holding on by a thread!’

 

Bristol child has sixteen milk teeth extracted due to decay

Thu

A four-year-old child from Bristol has had sixteen of her twenty milk teeth extracted because they were decaying; the girl, whose name has not been disclosed, was visiting the Charlotte Keel Centre in Easton for the first time when the extent of the problem was revealed. Her mother explained that she was initially concerned about the child having trouble eating but was aware that her teeth were not in a good state.

According to the Bristol Post, after examining her teeth, the dentist revealed that all but four of her baby teeth would have to be taken out because they were so badly decayed. The child was then referred to Bristol Dental Hospital for the treatment under general anaesthetic.

The case study is part of a council report which reveals that children living in deprived areas are more likely to suffer tooth decay and require fillings. The worst ward in Bristol is Ashley, with 127 out of 1,000 children being given fillings, despite the fact that the report labelled the problem ‘entirely preventable.’

The issue is due to be discussed at Bristol Health and Wellbeing Board this week.

 

New study reveals bacteria could be lurking on your toothbrush

Thu

You might think that your toothbrush is perfectly clean after you use it morning and night, but new research suggests that there is a big chance that bacteria – namely faecal matter – could be found among the bristles – especially if you share your bathroom with other people.

The study revealed that there is a 60% chance that your toothbrush contains faecal bacteria; this number jumps to 80% if you live in a house with a shared bathroom. The research was carried out at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University and involved testing toothbrushes found in the communal bathrooms for faecal coliforms – the bacteria found in human faeces. The bacterium can spread onto a toothbrush through the air, usually after the toilet seat has been left up after flushing.

An average of 9.4 occupants left their toothbrushes in each of the communal bathrooms and researchers found that 54.85% of the brushes contained the faecal bacteria, even those that were covered or rinsed regularly. Student researcher Lauren Aber said that the ‘main concern’ would be the presence of faecal matter from other people and she recommended ‘better hygiene practices’ for students and people who share bathrooms, as well as improved storage for the brushes.

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