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Katie Price talks dental veneers on radio show


Model-turned-radio presenter Katie Price has described her dental treatment live on air and even revealed that she spent almost £90,000 on her teeth. Discussing the dental work on her FUBAR radio show this morning, she insisted that the treatment was not carried out for cosmetic reasons.

The pregnant star told listeners and her fellow presenter Mark Dolan that she had dental veneers fitted because she ‘fell off a skateboard’ when she was younger and damaged some of her teeth. Explaining the procedure, Katie said ‘It’s still my tooth underneath, but they shave them down so the veneer can sit on them’. She described her real teeth as ‘pegs’ due to the remodelling procedure and even joked that she would be ‘Miss Peggy’ if she didn’t have the veneers fitted over her teeth.

Despite her jokes, the mother-of-four advised listeners not to get veneers if they don’t need them because ‘the teeth have no grip’ and she struggles to bite into food that has not already been chopped up. Katie added ‘They were so expensive. When I was in the US, I watched Extreme Makeover and went to see the dentist on there – $150,000 (around £87,000) my bl**dy teeth cost me.’ She also spoke about on-going treatment that she needs to maintain her teeth, adding ‘I’ve lost two at the side’ since having them done, and saying that she ‘used to fly to America to get them fixed.’

Children’s bad oral health is blamed on the parents


After it was revealed that 500 British children are admitted to hospital for tooth decay every week, dental surgeons have come forward to voice their concerns about this statistic. The figures, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) made for alarming reading and showed that a shocking 25,812 children between the ages of five and nine were admitted to hospital because of poor oral health in 2013/2014 – this is a 14% rise from 2010/2011.

Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, questioned parents that would leave their child in pain and added that dental decay was ‘a disease of poverty and disadvantage.’ Referring to the figures, Dr Carter said that the numbers were representative of the ‘North-South’ divide, and cited areas in the North West of England and Yorkshire, as the worst in the country.

Voicing his opinion on the cause of the problem, Dr Carter did not mince his words; ‘its pure parental neglect’ he says, and points the finger at the diets parents are feeding their children. He added ‘Parents must learn to check by reading labels… Things parents think of as healthy can be risky, such as sultanas or dried fruit, which are not only high in sugar but also sticky, so sugar stays in the mouth longer.’

With regards to dental hygiene, Dr Carter is concerned that children are not being taught how to brush their teeth, he says ‘Some parents don’t even provide a toothbrush or fluoride toothpaste and don’t supervise their children’s cleaning regime.’ Finally, he added that parents should take their children to the dentist at least once every six months for a check-up, so that they can avoid decay and hopefully a trip to the hospital for extractions will be unnecessary.

New figures show that over 25,000 British children visit hospital for dental treatment


A new report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that more than 25,000 British children aged between five and nine have been admitted to hospital for tooth extractions as a result of tooth decay. This number is an increase of over 3,000 from 2010/2011.

The British Dental Health Foundation has spoken about this worrying trend and chief executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE, described it as ‘incredibly worrying’ and commented that it is ‘unacceptable’ that these children were not being taken to the dentist from the age of two or three, as is suggested by dental professionals. He added that a child’s first visit to the dentist should not be left until they are in pain and they need to have numerous teeth extracted to combat the decay, Dr Carter commented that this would ‘[set] the child up for a potential lifetime of poor dental health and dental phobia.’

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, the responsibility for arranging dental care lies with the parents and Dr Carter maintains that it is down to them to stick to basic oral hygiene principles to avoid problems with their child’s dental health. Finally, Dr Carter says ‘Tooth decay is entirely preventable through nothing more than a few very basic oral health messages’, including a visit to the dentist on a regular basis. Parents should also encourage children to brush their teeth every day for at least two minutes using fluoride toothpaste and reduce intake of sugary foods and drinks to protect the teeth.

Researchers create tooth paste that could prevent decay


If you dread going to the dentist or you have regular problems with decay, it could make you feel much better to know that dental researchers are busy working on ways to maintain your teeth, so that you don’t have to spend too much time in the dentist’s chair.

A new product that has been developed at the University of Leeds could help to protect against tooth decay, eliminating the need for fillings and root canals. A paste has been created by scientists to protect the outer layer of the tooth, insulating the pulp chamber at the tooth’s centre; the paste contains naturally occurring peptides that will seep into tiny holes in the tooth’s surface, reinforcing the enamel. The peptides also attract calcium from the saliva in the mouth, providing a protective layer over the teeth.

The product was initially created to treat early decay but it is thought that it could help to repair further damage that has been done to teeth with invasive cavities. Professor Jennifer Kirkham said that the team were aware that ‘the formula could provide a certain degree of repair with tooth decay’ but also added that there are hopes that the product, in the form of a paste, ‘could protect against acid attack.’

Dentist says that Suarez bite is more dangerous than it might appear


After footballer Luis Suarez decided to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the middle of a World Cup match, the debate that followed was more concerned with the mental state of the Uruguayan striker, rather than whether Chiellini was actually injured. However, Professor Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich, has spoken to the Daily Mail about the situation, and he is at pains to point out that a bite from another human can be more damaging than it might first appear.

Professor Ehrlich, of the Dental Institute of King’s College, London, said that ‘the bite of a human can be an extremely dangerous wound.’ He explained that there are more than 700 different strains of oral bacteria and even a healthy mouth will contain between 100 and 200 strains at any one time. Prof. Ehrlich said that ‘if the bite pierces the skin, this bacteria will enter the body and has the potential to pose a serious threat.’

Plastic surgeon Philip Geary, locum consultant at Salisbury hospital, is in agreement, saying ‘People fondly expect that the human mouth is cleaner than an animals, but we have to disappoint them.’ According to Mr Geary, many people do not seek treatment for this type of injury because they are embarrassed or they assume that a human bite is not serious; most dangerous bites tend to be around the hand, due to the fact that there is very little tissue around the joints to protect the nerves and ligaments.

Boots launches a new home whitening kit


Everyone could now have that pearly white smile that is so prevalent in the media, thanks to a new product launched by Boots; the £49.99 kit can be used at home and it is thought to improve enamel dramatically in just half an hour.

The price is a fraction of the price of clinical whitening treatment and the new product is already incredibly popular after the shop was inundated with pre-orders for Luster Pro Light. The product has been imported across the pond from the US and although it is cheaper than a professional whitening procedure, it uses similar technology to achieve great results.

Clinical trials involving 240 people found that a whopping 86% said that their teeth were noticeably whiter after just 30 minutes.

Luster Pro is the first home whitening kit to use a blue curing light to whiten the teeth; the light heats up the non-peroxide gel and speeds up the whitening process. According to the manufacturers, the kit is gentler on the gum tissue and this makes the treatment more comfortable over all – patients can sometimes experience soreness or sensitivity after using home whitening kits that include a bleaching tray. The process should be carried out at least ten times to get the optimum whiteness.

Luster Pro is due to hit the shelves, both in store and online, later this month.

Tulisa hits back at claims of cosmetic surgery


Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has faced rumours about her appearance head on, telling the media that speculation about cosmetic surgery is not true; the 25-year-old apparently relies on make-up to improve her complexion and disguise the signs of aging.

Tulisa’s appearance has been questioned recently after she was pictured arriving for court with a noticeably different complexion and swollen areas around her mouth. She has denied going under the knife in the past but it has been hard for her to argue that her face has not changed dramatically since her N-Dubz days.

According to Neil Sean, of the Metro, Tulisa has denied that any cosmetic work has taken place and instead claims that her look is ‘all down to clever make-up.’

Celebrity make-up artist Mikey Phillips spoke to MailOnline and backed up Tulisa’s claims, saying; ‘How you contour your face can totally have a dramatic change to your face. Concealer can be used to lift and brighten and bronzer to shape and define.’ Referring to her plumper lips, Mikey added ‘Lip liner and lip plumping products could be responsible for the plumper pout but remember make-up is all smoke and mirrors.’

Katie Price says she is ‘natural’


Model Katie Price has spoken to MailOnline about her new job as face of dye removal product ColourB4 and contrary to her appearance in recent years, the mother-of-four maintains that she has had Botox injections but other than that she is ‘natural’ – even going so far as to suggest that she does not like to wear a lot of make-up.

In the interview, which is part of the promotion around the hair product, Katie told the online publication ‘I’ve had Botox, everyone knows that, but I’m natural. I’ve never been one to wear make-up.’

Referring to her new role as the face of ColourB4, the 36-year-old said that changing the colour of your hair can make you look much younger than your natural age; Katie added ‘You don’t need surgery to make yourself look younger, just change your hair colour.’

As well as extolling the virtues of the product, the pregnant model said that dying your hair ‘can take years off you’ without the need for any type of surgery to get rid of lines and wrinkles on the complexion. Katie also recently admitted that she may have taken her previous cosmetic work too far and decided to leave more time between her Botox treatments in the future.

Coleen Rooney has her toothbrush stolen on journey back from Brazil


Despite England’s poor performance in the World Cup, Coleen Rooney and her family didn’t seem to have a care in the world as they sunned themselves on the beach following the teams failure to qualify for the knock-out stages, but things have turned decidedly less sunny as the Rooney’s arrived in Las Vegas to find their luggage had been ‘ransacked’ during their journey – including the alleged theft of Coleen’s toothbrush.

The WAG tweeted her disgust after the incident, saying ‘Feel sick… just received my 4 cases 2 days late from BA Heathrow to Las Vegas. Opened them all and they have been completely ransacked.’ She later added ‘Bags, shoes, bikinis, clothes, toiletries, underwear, pj’s, make up, toiletries taken. Disgusting and the customer service getting is terrible.’

Unfortunately, the mother-of-three received little sympathy, with many followers suggesting that she can afford to replace the lost items, but Coleen was in no mood to deal with the replies cordially, saying ‘You can stick all the sarcastic comments about money. It’s not all about money it’s about people going through my personal stuff and taking stuff that I need for my holiday. They even took my toothbrush. Why??’

British Airways have started an investigation and have apologised but made no further comment on the incident so far.

Fans question whether Tulisa has overdone it with dermal fillers


Tulisa Contostavlos would probably have been forgiven for showing signs of stress as she faced trial over allegations of assault, but the ex-talent show judge was photographed sporting a suspiciously smooth complexion and plump lips when arriving at the courthouse at the end of June, leaving fans questioning whether she has overdone it with Botox and dermal filler injections.

The 25-year-old was questioned by fans over her appearance, with one follower tweeting ‘She was so beautiful before… why did get work done to her face?’ Anne Marie Gillett, of Transform Cosmetic Surgery weighed in on the argument, telling OK! Online that the ex-N-Dubz singer had ‘definitely’ had some type of temporary filler injections in her lips. Ms Gillett added that her cheeks are ‘much fuller’ and appeared lifted compared to previous pictures of the star, along with a completely smooth complexion that is probably the result of ‘regular Botox injections.’

The surgeon gave a warning to Tulisa during the interview, saying that she is far too young to be using facial injections so liberally and regularly. Ms Gillett said ‘I would urge Tulisa that less is more when it comes to injectable treatments – she should have minimal amounts of products injected at any one time and leave more time in between treatments.’