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Welsh baby born with two teeth


A new mum was surprised to find that her baby was born with two teeth on the bottom jaw, and she tells Walesonline that she was worried about being bitten while feeding the new-born. Chloe Pullen, of Patmawr in Wales, gave birth to baby Rose Esme on August 22nd and the two teeth immediately drew some attention from hospital staff.

Chloe told the paper that the midwives all came to have a look at the teeth and admitted that she was ‘in shock’ by their appearance. The 25-year-old, also mum to Daniel, 2, added that family and friends could not believe it when they were sent a picture of baby Rose. Chloe said that she was worried about breastfeeding her daughter but said she ‘could not actually feel her teeth.’

Apparently the rarity is a family trait, as Chloe’s mother was also born with one front tooth; she said ‘My mum didn’t realise she had been born with teeth until her sister told her after Rose was born.’

The teeth were removed three days after Rose was born but doctors say she should not have any trouble growing a full set of milk teeth. Chloe has stored the early teeth in a jar and expressed her surprise that she was saving teeth so soon after Rose’s birth, saying ‘I also never expected that she would get a visit from the tooth fairy before her brother’.

Crest to remove microbeads from toothpaste


Toothpaste manufacturers Procter & Gamble have released a statement to ABC15 in Phoenix saying that they will be removing the plastic microbeads from their Crest toothpaste products by March 2016. The statement said that the approved ingredient is ‘completely safe’ and had caused ‘no issues’ but added that the company is aware that ‘there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient. So we will.’

The controversy over the plastic microbeads began when a dental hygienist in Phoenix, Trish Walvaren, wrote a blog about how she was constantly finding blue specks embedded in patient’s gums. Walvaren spoke about the sulci – the small channels between the gums and the teeth, saying; ‘Your dental hygienist spends most of their time cleaning every sulcus in your mouth, because if the band of tissue around your tooth isn’t healthy, then you’re not healthy.’ However, she added that the polyethylene beads may not be causing gum problems and maintained that this would be ‘jumping too soon to that conclusion without scientific proof.’

Microbeads are currently found in several Crest toothpastes and an international campaign, called Beat the Microbead, has been launched against the polyethylene beads. Some Colgate products also contain microbeads.

Woman is left scarred after faulty dentist’s drill overheated


A woman from the West Midlands has been left with a facial scar after a faulty dentist’s drill overheated and burned her lip. Jade Blinco, 24, claims she looks ‘like a monster’ and has had to leave her job at a nursery because she was scaring the children. Jade, an aspiring model, was at the hospital to have two wisdom teeth removed when the accident occurred and left her with a permanent scar.

Miss Blinco, from Bilston in the West Midlands, described the last three years as ‘horrendous’ and said that she has struggled to ‘come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar’ that she has been left with. After she was put under general anaesthetic for the operation, she later woke up in ‘excruciating pain’ but was quickly put back to sleep using morphine without any explanation being provided. Jade later lamented that no modelling agencies would be interested in hiring her with a facial scar.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted that the injury should not have happened and compensation is being arranged out of court. A spokesman said ‘We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco. We apologised immediately after the incident in person and subsequently in writing to her… Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again.’

Hilary Duff supports Smiles Across America


American singer Hilary Duff attended an event with New York school children to support the oral health initiative ‘Smiles Across America’ as it reached its ten year anniversary this week. The 26-year-old entertainer spent time with the kids at the Trident and Oral Health America sponsored event and tweeted about her outing later on.

Looking stylish in skinny jeans and bright red lipstick, the mother-of-one posted that she was ‘having the best time’ at the event and added the tags #healthysmiles and #sponsored.

Later, in an interview with Wonderwall, Hilary talked about how she was teaching her son Luca to brush his teeth properly and said that she sometimes has trouble if the two-year-old is ‘just in a mood or something like that.’ The singer said that she tries to make the task more interesting, explaining that ‘we try to make it fun and challenging, like sometimes we’ll be like, ‘I bet you can’t stand on one foot and brush your teeth’ or we’ll sing songs, and sometimes we’ll even get the kitchen timer out and do that. I just try to be creative and make it a positive thing.’

Researchers say that the price of sweets should be increased


According to researchers, the price of sweets and fizzy drinks should be doubled to reduce tooth decay among children; there are calls for a 100% sugar tax to be added to soft drinks and confectionary in order to deal with an epidemic of cavities and dental problems currently affecting the public. It could also help with rising obesity levels and the associated health risks.

Recent figures have shown that 500 children are admitted to hospital every week with tooth decay and more than a quarter of youngsters have cavities. Although there are no plans to introduce such a tax, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine say that it is necessary to try and get dental decay under control.

Lead researcher Professor Philip James said that at least 20% sugar tax should be added and he said that schools should stop serving fruit juice and vending machines in public places should be done away with. Professor James said that ‘this would be simplest as a tax on sugar as a mass commodity, since taxing individual foods depending on their sugar content is an enormously complex administrative process. The level will depend on expert analyses but my guess is that a 100 per cent tax might be required.’

Panda at San Diego Zoo gets dental treatment to repair damaged tooth


A giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, California, has undergone dental treatment to rebuild a tooth that was chipped; the panda, named Bai Yun, gnaws bamboo shoots for up to twelve hours a day, so she has had to get the tooth chip repaired to make sure she doesn’t lose weight. The teeth of giant pandas can become worn or damaged over time so repair is necessary in captive bears.

Bai Yun, who is 23-years-old, had to be put under general anaesthetic so that the veterinary team could take x-rays and repair the damaged tooth. As with similar treatments for human teeth, a composite resin material was applied to fill in the broken area and restore the tooth to full function. A curing light was then used to seal the filling and the panda’s teeth were thoroughly cleaned while Bai Yun was unconscious.

Meg Sutherland-Smith, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo, said that there was no damage to the pulp canal, although the chip was ‘very close’ to breaking through to the centre of the tooth structure. She added ‘What we attempted to do was a restorative procedure to cover up the part of the tooth that was chipped to, hopefully, prevent any further chipping or deterioration.’

Patients in North Lancashire face long wait for NHS dentist


More than 6,000 patients in North Lancashire are on a waiting list to register with an NHS dentist, whilst others are facing a long journey to get treatment due to high demand in the area. NHS England is now planning to open a new dental practice in Lancaster to try and get the problem under control.

However, some people living in Lancashire are becoming frustrated with the wait and there are several residents that have been waiting longer than a year to register with a clinic.

Jackie Forshaw, Head of Primary Care (Lancashire) at NHS England, said that the body had ‘identified pressure on existing services’ in the area and found that ‘approximately 4.5% of the resident population [are] currently seeking access to NHS Dental Services.’ Despite this demand, it is thought that 90% of respondents in a recent survey said that they successfully arranged an NHS dental appointment. She added that ‘All patients in Lancashire have access, within 24 hours, to immediate dental pain relief through the emergency dental services that operate seven days a week in daytime and evening.’

MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Eric Ollerenshaw, said that there are ‘issues’ with a previous contract from 2007 that is stopping negotiations for new NHS dentists in Lancashire ; he added that some dentists decided it would be easier to stay private in order to avoid ‘the endless form filling’ that comes with contract renegotiations.

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star has his front teeth knocked out during brawl at funeral


Reality TV star Paddy Doherty, who found fame on shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Celebrity Big Brother, has had his two front teeth knocked out during a fight at a funeral for an eighteen month old child that died at a travellers site in Runcorn last week. The 56-year-old was said to be unwelcome at the service, due to on-going animosity between the Doherty’s and the Joyce family – also in attendance.

According to witnesses, Doherty spat at a pall-bearer during the funeral, which took place on Tuesday, and long-time rival Johnny Joyce took offence to the act, resulting in a brawl that left mourners hiding behind gravestones and a police helicopter hovering over the cemetery. No formal complaints or arrests were made at the scene, but a probe into the incident has been launched.

John Joyce, father of Johnny Joyce, told Manchester Evening News that Paddy Doherty had attended the funeral without an invite ‘even though he knew he was not welcome.’ He added that his behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and said that ‘a few lads were injured’ as a result of the fighting; including his own son knocking Doherty’s front teeth out. Joyce also said Doherty made a swift exit after the brawl started and ‘you couldn’t see him for dust.’

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that they would like to speak to Mr Doherty ‘as a witness’ to the event.

Children’s dental health is improving in Wales


New reports published by the Welsh Oral Health Information Unit suggest that the dental health of children in Wales has improved since 2004-2005 and the proportion of 12-year-olds with no tooth decay has risen from 54.9% to 64.0% since that time period. There is still a strong link between the level of dental decay and deprivation but the figures show that there is a faster improvement among children in deprived areas of the country.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford called the report ‘encouraging’ and said that is ‘shows a very welcome reduction in the number of 12-year-old children in Wales with tooth decay. It is a significant achievement that we have managed to halve the prevalence of what is a chronic disease over the last 25 years.’

Mr Drakeford went on to talk about the Designed to Smile programme that has been working to eliminate decay among younger children, saying that the effects should be noticeable in future surveys on the subject. The initiative was rolled out across Wales in 2009 to highlight the importance of decay prevention and the link between oral health, nutrition, and general health. Mr Drakeford added that they hope the programme ‘will have had a positive impact in speeding up improvements in the oral health of children living in some of our more deprived communities.’

Dentist who left patient with a lisp is allowed to continue practising


An Aberdeen dentist whose patient was left with a lisp after poor dental surgery has not been struck off and will continue to practice at his clinic; George Glover, who provides dental services out of Fergus and Glover, in Union Street, was found guilty of misconduct at a General Medical Council in Edinburgh but it was decided that his fitness to practice was not impaired.

According to the hearing, Mr Glover was found to have ‘performed inadequately’ when placing implants for the patient – known as Patient A – and a soft tissue graft that was applied later on was also found to be inappropriate. After two years of treatment, Mr Glover did not achieve a satisfactory aesthetic result and the hearing decided that he had failed to provide sufficient information regarding the risks and possible complications associated with this type of dental surgery.

Despite the ‘serious deficiencies’, it was deemed that Mr Glover had ‘worked hard’ to try and improve the patients conditions and it was considered ‘highly unlikely’ that a similar situation would develop with another patient. Findings released by the panel stated that Mr Glover had since made a conscientious effort to improve his care and the GDC was ‘impressed by the extensive remediation’ he had undertaken since the incident with Patient A. They added ‘You have expressed genuine regret and remorse for the effect of your failings. The committee considered that your evidence showed considerable insight into your deficiencies, and you have taken specific action to address each of the failures involves and remedy them.’