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Patients in the Black Country have to travel to find dental treatment


People wishing to see a dentist in Dudley are having to travel to other parts of the Black Country, such as Birmingham and Solihull, to find a surgery that will take on new patients. Only one consultant in the area was found to be providing services out of Russells Hall Hospital, so more and more people are travelling further afield to access NHS dental care, particularly those that are hoping to start orthodontic treatment.

Dudley Local Dental Committee chairperson Sue Stevens said that this constituted a ‘major problem’ with the dental services available. Sue said that children with the most severe orthodontic conditions were unable to find treatment and were left on a waiting list for many months before speaking to a consultant – if an appointment was made at all. She added ‘The commissioners at NHS England in Birmingham seem to be content to forget about provision of services in Dudley.’

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Paula Clark said that orthodontic services in the area were currently closed to new referrals as attempts to recruit a new consultant proved fruitless. She added that this was ‘in line with a national shortage of orthodontists.’ The post is currently being advertised again in order to replace the previous consultant who retired recently.

Brooke Shields posts yet another selfie from the dentist’s chair


She seems to be making a habit of visiting the dentist, having been in the chair several times already this year and admitting to fans that she suffers from bruxism, now Brooke Shields has found a new way to calm her nerves when visiting the clinic – drinking wine. The actress posted a picture of herself this week sitting in the dentist’s chair with a full glass of wine; she can be seen smiling broadly and showing no signs of anxiety at all.

The 49-year-old was visiting the dentist on Thursday but did not specify what she was getting treatment for; it has been suggested that she was getting further repair work following some dental damage due to bruxism – a condition that presents with grinding and clenching of the teeth. She added the caption ‘Back at the dentist but this time prepared!’

Brooke posted a photo of herself about to undergo treatment for the condition back in March, adding the caption ‘More dental surgery! I grind my teeth! D*mn!’ alongside the image of her with a mask over her nose to administer nitrous oxide.

More middle-aged men than ever are getting Botox treatment


According to new figures released by, men aged between 45 and 55 are the least likely to tell a wife or partner that they are getting Botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, even though the number of men in this age group undergoing the treatment has risen sharply. Around 10% of those getting Botox treatment in Britain are male, and reasons for this range from looking younger for a mistress to keeping up with a partner who has started cosmetic treatment.

It was also revealed that 21% of men who have this treatment don’t tell anyone about it, with 11% paying in cash so that the procedure does not show up on bank statements. The research showed that city men were more likely to go for Botox treatment, with those living in Manchester, Edinburgh, and London, the most likely to visit a clinic.

Dr Ganesh Rao, of, said that this was no longer a female treatment, asking ‘Women have widely adopted the procedure, so why shouldn’t men enjoy the benefits to their self-esteem too?’ He added that this treatment isn’t just for vanity, it is ‘a great confidence booster’ and went on to say that ‘The Botox boom over the last five years shows no signs of slowing down. More than one million procedures a year are carried out in the UK.’

Former child star asks fans to help fund her dental treatment


A former child pop star has taken to social media to ask fans and followers to help her pay for further dental work, after she realised she was low on funds. Debra Byrne, a former child actor and singer on Young Talent  Time, posted a request for funding as she needs to return to Thailand to complete dental work on a bridge.

Although the post has since been deleted, Debra, 58, initially asked her Facebook friends if they would help raise some money for her to travel back to Thailand in order to finish her treatment. Using the hashtag #paybackalegend, Debra posted ‘Challenge friends… need to return to Bangkok to have bridge work finalised.’ The singers dental treatment began prior to her recent work on a TV show and she added that due to ‘limited time’ she was unable to finish the treatment and undergo a root canal.

As well as paying for her to travel, the actress was asking for money for her three children to accompany her, saying ‘I can manage the accom side of things… but it’s the flight guys… it’s killing me… so if anyone is up for the challenge I need flights for two adults… and two children… flying from Melbourne to Phuket, June 2.’

Has Iggy Azalea had cosmetic surgery?


Rapper Iggy Azalea has been more than forthcoming about her cosmetic treatment, talking openly about her breast augmentation last year, but now fans are questioning whether the Australian has had further cosmetic work done to enhance her appearance. The twenty-four year old recently performed with Britney Spears at the Billboard Awards and speculation quickly began that she has gone under the knife again.

Twitter followers suggested that the singer has had a chin implant and she further fuelled the rumours by posting a picture of herself on Instagram, adding the caption ‘Loving my new look.’

Dr Ross Perry, Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics spoke to Mirror Celebs about the changes in Iggy’s appearance, saying that she may have had either a surgical chin implant or dermal fillers to change her face. He also added that the difference in appearance could be due to ‘Botox to the lower jaw to increase definition in this area.’ The rapper has not made any comment on the rumours so far but was happy to talk about her cosmetic surgery in previous interviews, stating that she had a breast enlargement because she had been thinking about it her ‘entire life.’

Has Kylie Jenner had more work done?


She may have only just admitted to having lip injections to boost her pout, but Kylie Jenner is still under the microscope concerning her appearance; Hollywood Life has spoken to a cosmetic surgeon about whether the 17-year-old has been getting more work done than she has admitted to.

Dr Bruce Katz, the founder of Juva Skin Center in New York City told the publication that in all likelihood, the reality star has had more filler injections administered in the past couple of months. Dr Katz said that the teenager has ‘had more volume added to her cheek bones. She probably had Voluma or Sculptra as a filler.’

Dr Katz also added that Kylie seems to be ‘following in the footsteps’ of her older sister Kim, who is known for her love of cosmetic injectables to fight the signs of aging.

Dr Mark Youssef, MD, of YOUnique Cosmetic Surgery in LA, agreed that the youngster has had injections into her cheeks and ‘under the eyelids to raise the brows.’ Dr Youssef added that he sees some ‘dramatic changes in her look. Her brow position is higher which can be achieved with Botox injections in the frown and forehead area.’

TV contestant has previously been fined for illegal teeth whitening


A contestant on Channel 4 reality show The Island with Bear Grylls has previously been fined twice for providing teeth whitening without the necessary dental qualifications. Beautician Jaime Ross, 31, was a contestant on the hit show about people surviving on an uninhabited Pacific Island and she was fined £1,000 at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court last week after pleading guilty to practising dentistry while not a registered dentist.

The court heard that Ms Ross carried out the treatment at her salon on February 5th this year but she also pleaded guilty to the offence in March of last year, when she was fined £270 and ordered to pay £800 in costs. According to the law, it is illegal for dental whitening to be carried out by anyone who is not registered with the General Dental Council – which is typically dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, and clinical dental technicians.

Ms Ross seems to disagree with this change to the law and says she is going to set up an online petition to get the restrictions lifted so that she is allowed to provide teeth whitening from her salon. She said ‘I have nothing to hide but I do feel like I have been targeted by the dental council. I really want to start an e-petition to get the law changed back. For that, I need to get at least 100,000 signatures, which is a lot.’

Is being vegetarian bad for your teeth?


According to new evidence put forward by dental experts, diets that include meat and dairy products could be better for naturally healthy teeth – meaning that strict vegetarian or vegan diets could be damaging to dental health. A common amino acid that occurs in certain food products has been shown to break down plaque effectively, helping to fight against problems like decay and gum disease.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Newcastle University found that L-arginine stops the formation of dental plaque and it is primarily found in meat, fish, and dairy products, and it has already been added to some dental products to help with sensitive teeth.

Alexander Rickard, Assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan called this discovery ‘important’ and explained that it could save billions of dollars in dental treatment every year in the US. Dr Nick Jakubovics, of Newcastle University, says that the amino acid is only effective in very high quantities; he explains that ‘there is no evidence yet that lower concentrations found in foods such as red meats would have benefits for removal of dental plaque.’

Their findings are reported in the current issue of PLOS ONE.

New gel invention could encourage bone growth


A so-called gel ‘filling’ made from calcium could help bone to grow back after a tooth has been removed, stopping the jaw bone from shrinking or weakening as a result of tooth removal. Bone loss can cause problems with biting and chewing, and may make it harder to place dental implants in the future.

The gel is designed to be injected into the empty socket and is made from tiny granules of calcium phosphate – which encourages the natural tissue to grow around it; the gel will gradually dissipate over several months and the socket will be made completely of natural bone. The product is currently being tested in Nantes University Hospital in France; patients will either have the gel or no extra treatment after a molar extraction.

Damien Walmsley, professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Birmingham and scientific advisor to the British Dental Association, called the development ‘an interesting idea’ and explained that ‘bone grows slowly, while soft tissue grows rapidly. This approach allows the cavity to be filled with bone rather than soft tissue. It seems like a good approach to preserving the bone.’

Further trials are going on in Switzerland, at the University of Bern, where forty patients will be treated with and without the gel to see how well it works.

Kylie Jenner finally admits she has had lip fillers


After several months of speculation, the youngest member of the Kardashian clan has finally confirmed that she has undergone cosmetic treatment to enhance her lips; Kylie Jenner, 17, has admitted that rather than using make-up to give her a plumped up pout, she has been getting dermal filler injections.

Although she was questioned on this topic previously, the teenager has denied getting any type of filler injections and cited cosmetic products as her improvement of choice, but the young reality star has taken the advice of her older sister Khloe and chosen to tell the truth about her treatment. In a clip from the family’s reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kylie admits to the camera ‘I have had temporary lip fillers’ and explaining ‘It’s just something that I wanted to do.’

The teenager was asked by members of the press about her plumped-up lips and was told by Khloe that the best thing to do is tell the truth. In another clip, Khloe, 30, said ‘I think if you’ve done something though, it is right to cop up to it. If you avoid the question you’re gonna look like a liar.’ In previous interviews, Kylie has maintained that her lips were all natural and denied having any work done to enhance them.