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Food can be used to whiten tooth enamel


It might sound like a strange way to whiten your teeth but one Harley Street dentist is suggesting that the food you eat could actually improve the appearance of your teeth; Dr Anthony Zybutz, of the TDC Implant Centre, said there are some food products that can actively whiten the enamel.

Dr Zybutz said that the public’s desire for beautiful white teeth is nothing new, with some whitening practices going back as far as ancient Egypt. He explains that ‘there were no whitening gels or bleaches during the time of the Egyptians’ so the people used to turn to diet in order to get rid of stains. Dr Zybutz said the pharaohs ‘combined ground pumice stone with vinegar to create a paste in an effort to restore the natural colour.’

Modern man might employ a whitening treatment before considering general diet, but Dr Zybutz added that there are certain foods that could scrub teeth clean and even rinse the enamel naturally while you are chewing. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, and celery, act like a toothbrush when they are being chewed and could scrub stains away, and even cheese can prevent plaque from building up on the teeth. Avoiding products that can stain the teeth should be obvious, as Dr Zybutz advises ‘if it would stain your shirt, it will do the same to your teeth.’ 

Leicester has highest rates of tooth decay among three-year-olds


According to a survey published this week, Leicester has the highest levels of tooth decay among three-year-olds in the country, with a shocking 34% of children in the age group estimated to have at least three decayed teeth. The survey, carried out by NHS England labelled this problem ‘early childhood caries’ which is thought to be related to sugary drinks in bottles and sipping cups.

The research looked at 373 out of 4,901 three-year-olds in the city. Dr Jasmine Murphy, specialist in dental public health for Leicester City Council, called the results ‘a stark reminder of the benefits of brushing our children’s teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, limiting their consumption of sugary foods and drinks and taking them regularly to the dentist from an early age.’

The city has already allocated £490,000 to the council to try and deal with the problem but health officials admitted that there is ‘no quick fix’. Councillor Rory Palmer, deputy mayor and chairman of the health and wellbeing board for Leicester City, said that the figures represented a ‘significant concern’ and said that ‘it will require a long-term and determined effort’ to try and deal with the high percentage of children suffering with decay. He added that 15,000 free toothbrushes will be distributed to nurseries, schools, food banks, dental practices, and homeless hostels next year, saying that this should start when children are six months old, again at their first birthday, and then ‘at yearly intervals until they start school.’

Kylie Jenner says she is ‘bored’ of talking about lip filler rumours


It’s not the first time reality star Kylie Jenner has courted attention through social networking, but now the 17-year-old claims she is ‘bored’ of rumours flying about whether or not she has had lip injections and wants people to talk about more important things on Twitter.

The youngest of the Kardashian sisters, famous for their reality shows Keeping Up With The Kardashians and the various spin-offs, addressed the subject of lip fillers and tweeted that she was tired of talking about the ‘lip thing’. Rumours began online after the teenager posted a picture of herself with what appeared to be a cosmetically enhanced pout.

When other tweeters questioned her about possible cosmetic injections, Kylie decided to post her feelings on the subject, saying ‘How long are we gonna talk about this lip thing lmao. Let’s get a [sic] our lives together guys and talk about some important s***.’ Apparently under the impression that Twitter was aflame with the rumours about her lips, she added ‘Just talk about something new at least. I’m bored.’

Kylie’s older sisters have often been in a similar position but none of them have confirmed whether they have had actually had cosmetic work done.

Khloe Kardashian shows up for Kim’s birthday party with a new grill


The Kardashian sisters certainly aren’t shy about smiling for the cameras and 30-year-old Khloe made a bid to snatch some of the attention at older sister Kim’s birthday party; Khloe showed up wearing a brand new tooth grill which appeared to be made out of gold. The brunette showed off the expensive accessory at a party in Las Vegas for sister Kim’s 34th birthday last Friday.

Khloe was happy to smile for the waiting photographers and the pictures showed that the gold grill was clearly visible on her bottom row of teeth. Although the dental appliance was clearly designed to make her teeth stand out, the reality star remained tight-lipped about exactly why she was wearing it to the event at the Tao nightclub in Vegas. However, she did show her excitement about the evening, with a photo of herself ready to party posted on Instagram beforehand; it was accompanied by a post thanking the beauty team who helped her ‘look on point’ for the special night.

Sister Kim arrived later and stole the limelight from Khloe’s gold grill with a plunging white gown and towering black stilettos to finish the revealing look.

Modern Britons have more gum disease than their ancestors


Despite the fact there was very little dental care in Roman times, experts claim that modern Britons suffer with gum disease more than their ancestors did during the Roman Occupation, which was 1,800 years ago. This theory comes after 300 ancient skulls, some dating back to 200AD, were examined by researchers at Kings College London and only five per cent of them were found to have signs of periodontitis – gum disease. Experts suggest that smoking is to blame for this increase in modern cases of the infection, along with other modern habits.

Professor Francis Hughes, of King’s College London, said that the team were surprised to find that gum disease was far less prevalent in Roman times than it is today, even though people did not brush their teeth or visit the dentist in those days. Professor Hughes explained ‘One of the main reasons for doing the study was the realisation in recent years that a lot of periodontal disease was associated with smoking and to a lesser extend diabetes, and although oral hygiene is obviously important it wasn’t the only factor that contributed to destructive periodontal disease.’

The research, which has been published in the British Dental Journal, also revealed that many people in Roman times suffered with tooth decay and the ancient population showed extensive tooth wear; thought to be caused by a diet made up mainly of coarse cereals and grains. Professor Hughes added that ‘Some tooth decay was seen in many of the population – the main difference of this to modern populations was that this was typically confided to one or two teeth, whereas it is more widespread in the mouth today.’

Natalie Imbruglia says genes have helped her stay youthful


With Botox hitting the headlines lately, many celebrities are keen to talk about their looks and discuss whether they have had cosmetic treatment to fight the aging process. Australian singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia was seen at the ELLE Style Awards this week and the 39-year-old says that she maintains a youthful complexion without cosmetic fillers and Botox injections.

Looking fresh-faced and glamorous in a Burberry dress, Natalie spoke to Daily Mail Australia about how she stays looking young. The former X-Factor judge says a decent night’s sleep is vital; ‘Sleep is probably the best thing,’ she says ‘I go on lots of little detox holidays and do take care of myself, and then I eat what I want and have a drink, so I just enjoy life.’

As far as her skin care regime, Natalie says ‘I don’t think there’s any Botox going on there!’ and adds that she has her parents to thank for passing on their good genes. ‘My dad’s Italian,’ she explains, ‘my mum’s gorgeous, I think a lot of it’s that. I mean I do take care of myself, not as much as some people have.’

Watchdog suggests that teachers help children to brush their teeth at school


According to health watchdog NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – the dental health of children in the UK can be improved by encouraging teachers to show them how to brush whilst at school. NICE blamed the high number of rotten teeth on parents allowing children to eat and drink products high in sugar and suggested that primary school teachers should hold supervised brushing sessions at least once a day.

Some teaching unions are not in agreement and maintain that it is the parent’s responsibility to teach children to brush their teeth, citing a reduction in learning time if this guideline is enforced.

The government group says that there is still a heightened level of decay among poorer households in the UK and professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said that ‘as a society we should help parents and carers give their children the best start in life and act now to stop the rot before it starts.’

The new guidelines recommend a brushing session once a day for children under eleven years of age, which may be the only time some children brush their teeth during the day.

Renee Zellweger’s appearance sparks rumours of surgery


Bridget Jones actress Renee Zellweger is not known for her public appearances lately but the 45-year-old certainly turned heads when she stepped out for Elle’s 21st annual Women in Hollywood awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in California on Monday. Renee was virtually unrecognisable, displaying a perfectly smooth complexion and wide eyes, which immediately sparked fresh rumours of cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Alex Karidis, of London’s Karidis Clinic, told MailOnline that it appeared the actress has had an upper eye lift but not gone as far as a brow lift, although the doctor did add that her forehead looked ‘smooth’, commenting that ‘you would expect more expressive wrinkles when she smiles which indicates a possible small dose of Botox between eyelid and eye.’

Dr Karidis also suggested that Renee had undergone ‘non-surgical treatments such as ultrasound therapy to firm the skin and a medical grade facial to get rid of dead skin cells.’

The actress has previously labelled claims that she has been under the knife ‘unfair and disappointing’, according to Hollywood Life, and claims that her healthy lifestyle may be to thank for her youthful appearance. She told The Express ‘I have a lifestyle that involves keeping my sanity by going to the gym.’

Cancer patient has jaw rebuilt with 3D restoration


A cancer patient from India who lost a section of his upper jaw due to mouth cancer has had the damage repaired using a 3D printer that built him new teeth and jaw bone out of strong wax.

The 41-year-old patient, from Bangalore, India, was left unable to eat or talk properly after having a large portion of his upper jaw removed when he was diagnosed with mouth cancer. His condition has improved considerably since he sought treatment from dentists and new teeth were fashioned using revolutionary 3D printing technology. A local company became involved in treatment of the patient and a CT scan enabled the team at Osteo3D to create a 3D reconstruction of his face and then print a model that could simulate the movement of the mouth.

Using the model as a template, a wax restoration was made and adjusted to fit perfectly into the space left by the mouth surgery. The 3D model allowed workers to easily adjust the restoration without having to see the patient regularly. When the wax hardened fake teeth were added and the appliance was fitted into the patient’s mouth. He is now able to eat and speak with much less discomfort and his smile has been restored also.

Sofia Vergara won’t rule out cosmetic procedures in the future


Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara might look younger than her forty-two years but she hasn’t ruled out getting a little help to fight the aging process; the mother-of-one spoke candidly about her love of beauty products in an interview with In Style magazine.

When asked about Botox and dermal filler injections, Sofia told the publication ‘If it makes you happier and more confident, then why not?’ Although she did not specify whether she has had any work done already, the actress was keen to add that it is important to research your chosen treatments carefully first ‘so you know what to expect – that you’ll look fresher but not necessarily younger.’ She went on to say that she doesn’t want to get older but seems to have accepted it as ‘a natural process’ and added that she is ‘trying to do it gracefully’.

When it comes to beauty products, Sofia is also a fan and said that she finds it ‘important to wear mascara and lipstick every day’ unless you are a supermodel. The American TV star describes herself as ‘crazed’ about make-up and other beauty regimes that may help to slow the aging process; she explained that she reads about aging celebrities that look ‘ridiculously gorgeous’ and buys every product they mention in an effort to maintain a youthful appearance for longer.