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Jeremy Kyle guest gets £10,000 of dental treatment


A woman who garnered a lot of attention on social media site Twitter for her unique dental condition has reportedly been given dental work amounting to £10,000 thanks to The Jeremy Kyle Show, the TV programme that exposed her to a lot of cruel taunts about her teeth.  The woman in question told papers that she suffered dental trauma when she was younger and could do nothing about the way her teeth looked, but producers of the ITV show have supposedly stepped in to help after Twitter went wild with jokes and comments about the guest’s appearance.

A source at Mirror Online has said that a camera crew visited the woman at her home and the whole treatment was filmed, with the patient remaining awake throughout. According to the insider, the guest will reappear on The Jeremy Kyle Show later in the week, to show off the results of her free treatment.

A picture has also been posted online supposedly showing the woman after her dental work has been completed – the difference is clear to see; her front two teeth are no longer protruding from her mouth and they do not look noticeably larger than her other teeth any more.

Sharon Osbourne says that British people have ‘fugly’ teeth


TV presenter Sharon Osbourne has spoken about the state of British teeth on her daytime show The Talk, blaming the problems on a lack of dentists in the country. The reality star called British teeth ‘fugly’ meaning they are extremely unappealing to look at.

Sharon joked that ‘there is only one dentist in England’ and no one can find him, so everyone in the country has ‘fugly teeth’. The 62-year-old made the comments as she discussed her own dental condition, recalling how her dental implant came out on live television last year – she blamed the dental damage on poor restorative work. Sharon tried to stick the tooth back in with superglue during a commercial break for the show but it didn’t work and the presenter was left without a tooth for the remainder of the broadcast. She joked ‘as if nobody my age has a tooth that doesn’t come out?’

The dental problem surfaced after only a few weeks with the implant, and Sharon explained ‘I am sat there two weeks later on the show and I can feel grit in my mouth, and I thought what had I eaten. And then I realised it was big bits of grit and then the tooth is waggling, and I am like ‘oh my Lord – right on air.’

King John’s teeth to go on display alongside the Magna Carta


A display at the British Library is to include two of King John’s teeth, alongside surviving copies of the original Magna Carta. The two molars were taken from the King’s tomb at Worcester Cathedral by a stationer’s apprentice, as a souvenir.

King John signed the Magna Carta – a document which laid out the principles of the rule of law – in June 1215; a significant point in English history. A new exhibit showing two of the original Magna Carta documents is due to open at the British Library, along with the two teeth and a thumb bone that reportedly belonged to King John too.

Curator at the library Julian Harrison said that ‘John’s tomb at Worcester Cathedral was opened for a brief period in 1797 and certain of his body parts were removed as souvenirs. We’re thrilled that we are going to have these items in our Magna Carta exhibition, and we’re extremely grateful to the two institutions for so kindly agreeing to lend them to us.’

Experts warn of regional discrepancies in children’s dental health


According to dental experts there are huge regional discrepancies in the health of children’s teeth up and down the country. Sandra White, director of dental public health at Public Health England, spoke at a health select committee hearing into children’s oral health. She told the committee that the most deprived areas of the country have a greater percentage of dental decay in five-year-olds than the least deprived areas.

Dr White also said that children who develop decay when they still have their milk teeth are more likely to show signs of decay when their adult teeth come through. She added that it’s important to teach children how to effectively clean their teeth while they are young, so that they don’t have to get dental treatment in later life.

Chief dental officer for England, Barry Cockcroft, said that despite the improvement in child oral health over the past 50 years there is still a strong link between deprivation and poor dental hygiene. He told the hearing that children in deprived areas were only accessing treatment after they had developed symptoms, rather than receiving preventative care. Finally he said ‘I think we shouldn’t see this purely as a dental issue, this is a societal issue that we need to address across a broad front.’

Dentist gives tips on how to clean your teeth properly


There are many old wives tails about how best to clean your teeth and it can sometimes be confusing when there are conflicting stories about toothbrushes and oral hygiene.

Michaela O’Neill, president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, spoke to Mailonline about the best ways to avoid plaque and tooth decay, and maintain a healthy set of teeth for a long time. Michaela suggests flossing every day to kill bacteria and prevent gum disease; she advises use of floss or interdental brushes, not just to clear away food particles but also to remove bacteria from under the gum line. As well as flossing, Michaela suggests that you don’t rinse your mouth out after brushing your teeth; she says ‘The point of using fluoride toothpaste is to let the residue sit on the surface of the teeth. Fluoride strengthens the tooth’s surface, so it’s more resistant to acid from food.’

Claire O’Grady, from London Smiling Dental Group, also has some suggestions, including brushing your tongue as well as your teeth. Brushing the tongue without tooth paste should be done regularly to ‘dust the light film away’, which should help prevent bad breath and gum disease. Claire also recommends checking for plaque build-up on the teeth with a weekly plaque test – chewable tablets that show up the transparent film of bacteria on the enamel.

Around 4,000 children in Wales are waiting over three years for braces


According to one NHS orthodontist, thousands of children in west Wales are waiting years to get orthodontic treatment, due to lack of funding caused by a massive backlog in patient care. It has been suggested that even if funding was doubled, waiting lists in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, would take five years to clear.

David Howells, who runs Pencastell Orthodontics, the only NHS Orthodontist in west Wales, spoke to BBC Radio Wales about the problem, saying that the clinic only has the capacity to treat around 800 cases a year, leaving thousands of children waiting longer than three years to get the orthodontic treatment they need. Mr Howells blamed the problem on NHS funding, rather than the lack of available dentists; he also added that the issue began in 2006 when new dental contracts were imposed on NHS dentists. He explained that dental practices used to manage their own patient lists but with the health board taking over this aspect of treatment it has led to ‘wasted funding’ which could be used to help more patients.

The Welsh government released a statement saying that an outreach programme had been set up to try and combat the problem. The statement said that the government has invested £700,000 in improving patient referrals for dental and orthodontic treatment, in an effort to make the system ‘more efficient and reduce waiting times.’

Could braces be the new fashion accessory?


According to research done by the British Lingual Orthodontic Society, one-in-five adults would like to get braces as the trend for the ‘Hollywood Smile’ continues. Although orthodontic work can cost more than £5000 per patient, more and more people are opting to get braces as the treatment options become more discreet and less uncomfortable.

Dr Rob Davies, of Smile Centre in Cardiff, spoke to Wales Online about the trend, saying that the attitudes towards braces have changed dramatically over the last thirty years. He explained that ‘in the last five years or so there has been a big increase in awareness – everyone wants nice, white, straight teeth and they are willing to go through a little bit of discomfort or wear braces to get them.’

A spokeswoman for the British Dental Foundation said that many adult patients appear to be more concerned with the cosmetic aspect of orthodontic treatment, rather than the functional need to correct the bite. She also said ‘With more media coverage focusing on appearance and celebrities, the general public feel more pressured in achieving the perfect smile. With modern techniques, dental appliances can be made less visible, compared with traditional train-track braces.’

Bride-to-be wins £10,000 compensation for botched dental work


A woman who decided to get a dental makeover months before her wedding has been awarded £10,000 in compensation after bad dental work left her with rotting, black teeth.

Faye Walters, 28, had six veneers fitted on her front teeth in time for her wedding, in order to boost her confidence, but the bride-to-be was horrified when she bit into a bagel and her teeth shattered. Her gums were also badly damaged as a result of the botched dental treatment. Miss Walters was then left with a £7,000 bill to correct the damage in time for her big day.

After getting repair work done, Miss Walters, from Buckingham, spoke to Mailonline about her ordeal, saying that her teeth were left looking ‘disgusting’ and explaining that she eventually lost faith in her old dentist to fix her teeth, so she went online to find a qualified cosmetic dentist to help her out. The new dentist told her that ‘it was the worst case of its kind he had seen in his 25-year career.’ Fortunately, the repair went smoothly and she now says that her teeth are ‘great and everything has healed.’

All six of the veneers were replaced and Miss Walters was given compensation of £10,000 to cover the repair work and also for her pain and suffering.

Limpet’s teeth are proven to be the strongest natural material


A new study at the University of Portsmouth has revealed that the strongest material on earth is the tooth of a limpet; the sea creature that clings to rocks has fibres of a mineral in its teeth that have evolved to form super-strong structures. The shellfish requires extremely strong teeth to stop it from being washed out to sea with the tide.

Lead researcher Professor Asa Barbar said that ‘Nature is a wonderful source of inspiration for structures that have excellent mechanical properties. All the things we observe around us, such as trees, the shells of sea creatures and the limpet teeth studied in this work, have evolved to be effective at what they do.’

Until now, scientists believed that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of the potential applications in products from bullet-proof vests to computer electronics, but limpets have teeth that contain fibres of goethite, which ‘are just the right size to make up a resilient composite structure.’ Prof Barbar added that ‘this discovery means that the fibrous structures found in limpet teeth could be mimicked and used in high-performance engineering applications, such as Formula 1 racing cars, the hulls of boats, and aircraft structures.’

Apprentice winner talks about patient’s Botox and filler requests


After winning reality TV show The Apprentice in 2013, Leah Totton’s business has gone from strength to strength and she is now talking about the most popular treatments that patients are requesting at her Moorgate clinic.

Leah spoke to The Express about her business and said that Botox injections are by far the most popular form of cosmetic treatment that she provides; she added ‘I think Botox is a fantastic thing. It’s my favourite treatment to perform.’

The 26-year-old said that trends with facial treatments have changed in the past few decades, explaining that ‘it used to be about the trout pout with the chipmunk cheeks and frozen forehead. It wasn’t that aesthetically pleasing. But the industry has come on leaps and bounds. It’s about a new approach to the old treatments.’

According to Doctor Leah the look for 2015 is Keira Knightley’s lips; she says ‘It used to be Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian for lips every time. Kim became really, really popular for a while but now it’s lips like Keira Knightley. I’m seeing bigger lips requested less and less and the natural type pout – like Keira – requested more. This is a very recent trend, from about December.’