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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.

Man leaves teeth embedded in his friend’s knee after trampolining accident


A London man was knocked unconscious after a trampolining accident and woke up to find that three of his teeth were embedded in his friends leg; Peter Walsh, 29, was play-fighting on a trampoline with his friend Daniel Rigby, also 29, when the pair collided and Mr Walsh was knocked out.

Mr Rigby explained that after the two crash-landed he realised that his friends teeth were stuck in his own knee, he said ‘[Peter] was probably out for a couple of minutes. He was face down and I saw blood coming out of his mouth and teeth missing so I thought it was quite bad.’ The friends managed to call for a taxi and made their way to Croydon University Hospital for treatment.

Although medics attempted to remove the teeth they left some particles under the skin, resulting in a dangerous infection. Mr Rigby had to return to the hospital to have his knee x-rayed and the doctor identified some fragments of bone cartilage that had not been extracted.

Since the incident, Mr Rigby has been having trouble with his leg and he has started legal proceedings against the hospital for failing to spot that there were still some parts of the teeth in his leg. He explained ‘It’s been really bad… my leg stiffens up and I have to strap it up when it gets really bad’.

Shia LaBeouf talks tooth removal in Jimmy Kimmel interview


Actor Shia LaBeouf has been talking about his latest role in the WW2 film Fury on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the 28-year-old seems to have taken method acting to a new level, after having a healthy tooth removed for the part. The Transformers star now has a prosthetic tooth filling the space on the bottom jaw.

The interview, which aired on Monday, revealed that LaBeouf had the healthy tooth extracted deliberately in order to delve deeper into the role of a soldier fighting in France during the Second World War. Shia told Jimmy Kimmel that he initially had some trouble finding a dentist that would perform the procedure and called it a ‘mission’ because most dentists are not going to extract a healthy tooth at the behest of a patient.

Shia was told several times that the extraction ‘doesn’t make any medical sense at all’ because there was nothing physically wrong with the tooth, but the actor eventually managed to find a dental professional willing to carry out the treatment. He explained ‘I found a guy in Reseda next to a Radio Shack and he didn’t ask too many questions.’

Shia’s new dental condition can be viewed on the big screen when Fury is released in the UK towards the end of October.

Tooth problems could have cost athletes an Olympic medal


Health experts have revealed that tooth decay and other dental problems may have cost a number of athletes a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and statistics have shown that poor oral health may have affected a fifth of the athlete’s performances. The study revealed that 18% of sports men and women complained that the condition of their teeth may have had a negative impact on their athletic performance at the games.

Health experts at University College London said that athletes should give dental hygiene the same priority as other sports sciences to increase their performance by even the smallest margins. Professor Ian Needleman of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute said that problems concerning the teeth and gums are ‘easily preventable’ and could mean the difference between a gold medal and a silver one. Professor Needleman said ‘professional athletes and their teams spend a lot of time and money on ways to marginally improve performance, as this can make all the difference in elite sports.’ He also added ‘things like better tooth brushing techniques and higher fluoride toothpastes could prevent… toothache and associated sleeping and training difficulties.’

It has also been suggested that acidic energy drinks can cause decay among athletes and the researchers were keen to point out that they were not trying to ‘demonise’ energy drinks or suggest that athletes don’t use them, but people should be aware of their dental condition and take measures to reduce the risks to oral health.


Chile midfielder suffers dental trauma on the pitch


Chilean footballer Gary Medel was rushed to the dentist for mouth surgery after suffering an accident on the pitch in a friendly game with Peru. Chile went on to win the match 3-0 but the former Cardiff midfielder had to head straight to the dentist instead of celebrating the victory.

The clash occurred after Medel had scored for his country and he collided with Ricardo Cruzado of Peru towards the end of the first half. Cruzado earned himself a red card for the wayward elbow and Medel suffered severe dental trauma. The 27-year-old was left spitting blood as a result of the collision and two of his teeth where knocked out of the sockets; another tooth was badly damaged and Medel also required stitches to treat a cut to his tongue.

Despite his injuries, Medel seemed to be recovering well and later posted an update to followers on Twitter, saying ‘One less tooth and another broken in a ‘friendly’ game. Thank you all for your concern.’

Team doctor Giovanni Carcuro released a statement after treating the midfielder, explaining ‘As soon as the match had finished, [Medel] had an urgent dental operation to resolve this situation’.

Kelly Ripa takes son for a trip to the orthodontist in New York


American TV presenter Kelly Ripa was pictured in a jovial mood after taking her son to the dentist for a check-up; the mother-of-three was photographed outside an orthodontic clinic in New York with her youngest child, looking relaxed and happy.

The 44-year-old chat show host shared a laugh with 11-year-old Joaquin as the pair left the clinic in casual winter outfits, huddling together to keep out the cold.

Later on in the day, Kelly shared a picture of the trip on her Instagram account, showing her son in the dentist’s chair. The photograph showed Joaquin smiling while wearing red protective glasses and a cheek retractor so that the dentist could see his teeth clearly; the youngster did not seem to be anxious about the dental check-up as he gave the thumbs up to the camera. The dentist is also seen in the corner of the picture wearing a surgical mask for the treatment. Although it is unclear exactly what treatment was taking place, Kelly also added the caption ‘It’s the mysterious Dr. Sherman and equally intriguing Joaquin attempting to have a conversation about braces’ suggesting that her son is about to start orthodontic work

Chemicals in toothpaste change taste receptors after brushing


According to researchers in America, chemicals contained in most toothpaste can change the taste receptors in the tongue, which explains why products like orange juice tastes so bitter after the teeth have been brushed. A new study has revealed that this sensation can be related to a chemical called sodium lauryl sulphate, a detergent that is commonly found in toothpaste.

The detergent suppresses sweet tastes on the tongue and breaks down the compounds that would stop bitter tastes from coming through. The findings were published as an online video journal called Reactions, which can be found on the American Chemical Society’s website. The video details the 10,000 taste buds and 100 taste receptors on the tongue, which are affected by the detergent found in the toothpaste.

The video specifies that the sweet receptors are inhibited and explains that ‘this opens up a clear pathway for bitter molecules to reach taste receptors in the mouth.’ The scientists goes on to say that this is the ‘most likely’ reason why orange juice changes taste from sweet to sour when drunk after the teeth have been brushed.

Model Abbey Clancy suffers dental injury


As part of her job, model Abbey Clancy is expected to look perfect all the time and nothing is more important than a flawless smile, so a tooth chip will certainly make things difficult for the mother-of-one. Abbey didn’t say what caused the dental damage but the model quickly took to Twitter to ask for a dentist who might be able to help repair her tooth immediately.

After suffering the dental accident, Abbey decided that her first course of action would be to get on Twitter rather than contacting an emergency dentist over the phone – as most people would probably do. The model also posted a black and white picture of herself showing the damaged tooth, adding the caption ‘when can you fix me’ next to the photograph.

Whilst Abbey did not update followers on the situation, she did ask fans what they would like to see at her next launch, saying ‘tell me what you want and I will make it happen’. The famous WAG has been working on her next clothing range for high-street store Matalan, she has also been talking about the new series of Strictly Come Dancing with Alan Carr on Channel Four’s Chatty Man, and admitted that she was jealous of the new contestants, even joking that she wants them ‘all to be c**p.’