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Dental patients warned that their weight could see them turned away at the clinic


A dental surgery in Wales has sent patients letters telling them that they will be referred to a hospital for treatment if they are overweight, citing the safety of staff and the expensive dental equipment as reasons for the warning.

Maendy Dental Practice in Aberdare says that it has been forced to stop morbidly obese patients from visiting the surgery because the chairs cannot hold them; if the chair cannot move properly when the patient is seated, the letter states that they will be referred to a hospital for continued treatment.

The letter says that ‘the dental chair has a weight limit restriction’ and if patients are too heavy for this the treatment will have to be carried out at a hospital, where the right equipment can be provided. The specialist chairs cost at least £7,500 and can’t hold anyone over the weight of twenty stone. A spokeswoman for the dental practice said ‘we have found that more and more patients are coming into the practice a bit larger so when the chair is moved back we cannot operate it properly.’ She added ‘Some people who visit us are unable to move themselves in and out of the chair so we want to make sure staff don’t injure themselves when they help lift them.’

The letters have been sent out since May after posters around the surgery went unnoticed and obese patients continued to arrive for appointments.

Expert warns that tongue piercings could ruin your teeth


According to one dental expert, tongue bars and studs are causing serious dental problems among young people, including cracks in the teeth, receding gums, and bone loss. A dentist from Canada has carried out extensive research into this problem and he doesn’t recommend getting a tongue piercing as it could cause serious conditions that may lead to tooth loss.

Dr Liran Levin, of the University of Alberta, says that playing with a tongue piercing in the mouth can cause irritation that could lead to recession of the gum tissue, which will eventually cause bone loss around the sockets. That’s not the worst of the problems though, Dr Levin warns that nerve damage, haemorrhaging, swelling, and infection could all flare up due to piercings in the mouth; he adds ‘When you’re sleeping and you clench your teeth, the piercing can break and be swallowed or inhaled as well. I see patients who have cracked teeth or receded gums and end up requiring a lot of dental treatment as a result.’

Over half of the young people questioned as part of the research complained of swelling in their mouth, while just under half said that bleeding was a problem due to their piercing. After examination, 14% were found to have fractured teeth and 26% had receding gums. Dr Levin says the risk of disease should not be ignored either and ‘proper sterilisation and infection control are also important when choosing a piercer. If you insist on getting an oral piercing, don’t play with it.’

Model Jodi Anasta posts pictures after wisdom tooth removal


She is used to looking her best in front of the camera and not even dental surgery could make model Jodi Anasta look anything less than perfect; the model and footballers wife posted a picture of herself looking flawless right after a wisdom tooth removal. The 30-year-old shared the picture with her 138,000 followers online and it showed her holding an icepack onto her face after having the molars extracted.

Jodi added the caption ‘Yay… They’re all OUT!! Bed time now.’ She even joked that her former footballer husband Braith was looking after her following the dental surgery; wisdom tooth extractions can sometimes be more difficult to remove because of their large size and their position at the back of the mouth, closer to the blood vessels near to the jaw muscles.

The mother-of-one added alongside the picture ‘Thank you Dr Anasta for always looking after me @braith_anasta #wisdomteeth.’, and she also seemed to be missing food during her recovery, as she  posted ‘#cravinglasagne’. Only a day earlier, the model was travelling around Tasmania with Australian TV presenter Kylie Gillies.

Woman undergoes ‘lunch-hour nose job’ using dermal fillers


A 23-year-old woman has gone through a ‘lunch-hour nose job’ to straighten out a bump in her nose that has caused her years of self-esteem issues. Nichola Mahoney was involved in an accident with a netball when she was just ten years old and a bump in her nose developed soon after; she suffered bullying at school and hoped to treat the problem when she was older. Miss Mahoney found that her relationships were affected by her lack of confidence and says that even when people told her the bump was not visible she would not believe them.

Miss Mahoney was so desperate to fix her nose that she even considered breaking it deliberately so that she could have it reshaped on the NHS rather than getting expensive cosmetic surgery. However, instead of going under the knife, the personal assistant opted for a £600 ‘non-surgical rhinoplasty’ which involves injecting dermal fillers into the skin around the nose to reshape it.

After undergoing the treatment, Miss Mahoney cried tears of joy and says that the results ‘changed her life’, adding that she ‘couldn’t stop looking in the mirror’. She also added ‘I’ve found fresh confidence and I’m no longer afraid to be seen out in public, as I used to be so paranoid that everyone was looking at my nose… I’m so proud of the way I look now.’

Woman’s teeth form ‘fangs’ after gum disease is left untreated


A 49-year-old woman has developed fang-like teeth after a case of serious gum disease went untreated despite repeated check-ups at the dentist. Charlotte Bateman said she knew something was ‘seriously wrong’ when her gums bled profusely with each visit to the dentist but the dentist treating her did not deal with the problem accordingly.

After years of visiting the dentist with no results, Ms Bateman was finally diagnosed with severe periodontal disease in 2011 after a trip to an orthodontist revealed bone loss beneath her teeth. By the time the condition was diagnosed, Charlotte’s teeth had formed into ‘fangs’ and her gums had drawn back from the teeth dramatically. She says she had ‘raised concerns’ about the problem and was embarrassed to be seen in public after a friend who had not seen her in some time appeared ‘visibly shocked’ by the way her teeth looked.

Ms Bateman, a baker from Collington in Herefordshire, has been awarded £25,000 in compensation and she plans to put this towards treating the condition, although it is likely that she will lose the affected teeth in the future.

Her dental surgery did not admit liability and the practice manager at Smith, Holloman and Associated said that ‘due to patient confidentiality’ they could not comment on the case.

Kim Kardashian says she won’t do Botox while pregnant with second child


Reality star Kim Kardashian has blasted rumours that she is still going for cosmetic injections while she is pregnant with her second child – a son, with husband Kanye West. Kim, 34, took to Twitter to defend herself after some tabloids suggested she was still getting Botox injections despite being several months pregnant.

The mother-of-one replied to a tweet saying ‘No I don’t do fillers or Botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting, you would have to be really sick to endanger your child like that!’ This situation is probably somewhat familiar to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star as the same rumours swirled when she was pregnant with her first child, North, who turned two recently.

Although tabloids have been quick to question Kim’s changing appearance, she defended herself saying ‘Anyone who has been pregnant or gained weight knows your face totally changes! My nose gets bigger, cheeks fuller & my lips swell up.’

Kim also went on to say that she wouldn’t be dying her hair until after she gives birth, as this is unhealthy for the baby. She told fans on Twitter ‘I loved it though so maybe in a year or two.  It was so hard on my hair though.’

Jess Wright admits to Botox injections but isn’t sure about fillers


TV reality regular Jess Wright has spoken to New! magazine about her cosmetic treatments and admits that she is nervous about lip fillers because she thinks it is ‘risky’ compared to Botox treatment.

The 29-year-old told the publication that fillers are not something she would consider at the moment, saying ‘They’ve never appealed to me. I just think it’s a bit risky to touch your face in that way.’ She went on to talk about the possible side effects of filler treatment, saying ‘what if it goes wrong?’ Although she has admitted going under the knife to enlarge her chest, the TOWIE regular says she would not touch her lips because they are ‘quite a nice size anyway’.

Although she claims she has never had fillers, Jess is a fan of Botox injections and has had several treatments in the past. It is debated whether or not Botox can stop any facial lines from occurring with age, but Jess said that she uses Botox injections to try and stop wrinkles from developing as she gets older; explaining ‘I’m 29 now and they say that if you get it earlier it’s better.’

Tesco customer loses part of her tooth after biting into metal found in food


A woman who bought her dinner from Tesco has lost part of her tooth after biting into the food; Caroline Wilson, 44, bought the portion of gammon, pancetta, and roast potatoes from her local store last week and suffered a dental injury after biting into a section of rusty metal blade that was found in the food.

Ms Wilson was left with a broken molar and had to undergo dental treatment to repair the damage; she said that she instantly realised that something was wrong when she took a bite of her meal and found that there was a rusty shard of metal in her mouth – she believes it came from the factory that produced the food. Ms Wilson told Mailonline that she could have ‘eviscerated’ her insides if she did not chew the food properly and had instead swallowed the metal blade.

A spokesman for Tesco said that safety is of the utmost importance to them and the factories that produce their products ‘operate the most rigorous checks’ to make sure that this kind of thing does not happen. He added ‘We would like to assure our customers we have had no similar complaints for any of the products Miss Wilson purchased.’

Although she was provided with a refund and a £10 gift voucher, Ms Wilson was not happy with this as compensation and wants the supermarket chain to pay for her dental work, saying that she has now been put off shopping at the store following the incident.

Dental expert calls for warnings on fizzy drinks to fight high levels of tooth decay in children


According to a senior dentist at the Royal College of Surgeons, Britain is in the grip of a ‘national crisis’ with the level of tooth decay in children rising rapidly; figures revealed that 46,500 children were admitted to hospital in the last year to have teeth removed, with 26,000 of those under the age of nine. Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, is calling for sugary foods and fizzy drinks to have warnings on the labels, similar to those used on cigarette packets to warn of the dangers of smoking.

Professor Hunt said that the dental services were struggling to cope with the influx of patients requiring tooth extractions; he added that the situation is ‘unacceptable’ and said that this is not something that can go ignored for much longer. He went on to say that ‘we need to prevent children from reaching the stage where they need to undergo general anaesthetic in a hospital setting in the first place. We want to see a clear government strategy that raises awareness of the importance of simple measures such as reducing sugar consumption or visiting a dentist and drives up standards of oral health nationally.’ He also called for sweets and sugary drinks to be labelled with warnings to help parents make healthier choices for their children.

The Department of Health released a statement saying ‘We are radically changing NHS dentistry, so that dentists will be paid for keeping the nations’ teeth healthy, rather than just for treating problems as they arise. NHS dentistry is free for children and we strongly recommend parents take children for regular check-ups.’

Justin Bieber gets wisdom teeth taken out


His millions of fans worldwide are waiting on his every tweet and popstar Justin Bieber isn’t about to let them down; the Canadian singer has even been keeping his followers updated about his dental treatment, posting pictures before and tweeting afterwards about his wisdom tooth removal. The treatment can be slightly more difficult than a routine tooth extraction because of the size and position of wisdom teeth, so patients often have to be sedated or may be put under general anaesthetic in difficult cases.

Bieber was filmed at the dentists last week just before being put under anaesthetic for the procedure and he posted the video online for his fans to see. In the short film, the popstar is heard telling the cameraman, a dentist office documenter, that he is ‘about to go under’ to have his teeth extracted, adding ‘They’re giving me drugs. Probably gonna feel it.’ A short while later, the singer was filmed looking cheerful, if slightly dazed, just before the procedure is due to begin. He captioned the video ‘GOT MY WISDOM teeth out and haven’t slept!!’

After the anaesthetic apparently wore off, the popstar was feeling slightly less cheerful, stating on Twitter ‘Got the wisdom teeth pulled. No fun. Glad it’s over. Going back to sleep. Goodnight.’

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