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NHS pledge a £6.3 million annual investment


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NHS pledge a £6.3 million annual investmentCentral Midland’s NHS pledge a £6.3 million annual investment to improve dental services and access to dental care. The region of Leicestershire and Rutland are set to receive the sum of money in the hope that dental care can be improved. The plans for the money will allow for five new dental practices across the region and will facilitate existing practices to offer later opening hours. There are also plans to provide more specialist care for patients with special needs. The Head of Primary Care for the region, Di Pegg welcomes the proposed changes. “That’s great news for people right across the area, who from December will find it much easier to benefit from routine, urgent and out-of-hours NHS dental care closer to where they live.”

Over the course of ten years, this amounts to a staggering £63 million. It is unsure, at this point, whether the funding will continue after the ten-year contract expires. The planned investment is set to take effect from 1st December 2017. Potentially this could help thousands of people receive better access to the dental care they need.


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Chin fillers on the rise


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Chin fillers on the riseA new trend has seen chin fillers on the rise. Dr. Esho, a well known cosmetic surgeon, explains that Dermal Fillers for the chin are growing in popularity. He believes, due to the boom in lip fillers, people are also undergoing chin fillers to help balance the proportions of the face. Dr. Esho spoke to Harpers Bazaar. “Precise injections of filler are injected into the chin to realign the shape in position with the lips and the rest of the face.”

However, Dr. Ourian of the Beverly Hills Clinic, Epione, has a different explanation. He believes that the massive growth is due to another reason. He attributes it to the fact that dermal fillers are not a permanent solution so are, therefore, customisable in the short term. This gives people the versatility to change their look from time to time without requiring permanent implant surgery. Dr. Ourian has an array of celebrity clients, including, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

Whatever the reason for this sudden increase, people are seeing the benefits of dermal fillers as an alternative to more invasive cosmetic surgeries.


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Dermal fillers are seen as an effective treatment for acne scars


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Dermal fillers are seen as an effective treatment for acne scarsA clinical trial, shared by Medical News Bulletin, has revealed more evidence that dermal fillers are seen as an effective treatment for acne scars. Acne (also known as acne vulgatis) affects around eighty percent of adolescents. Subsequently, this often means prominent scarring and loss of confidence and self-esteem. During the study, a range of dermal fillers were reviewed. One of which was the temporary filler, hyaluronic acid. This type of filler is commonly used by celebrities and the general public to add volume to the face and lips. However, the review suggests that hyaluronic acid can also be very effective at smoothing and softening acne scars, and is in fact underutilised.

Current developments are aiming towards dermatologists being able to prescribe dermal fillers as part of their treatment plans. This is an exciting and innovative step towards minimising the effects of acne. A welcome development for many that suffer from it. Dermal fillers may also be available for topical administering in the future. Although, this treatment may need to be coupled with a laser procedure.


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Rise in Invisalign Teen orthodontics


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A recent rise in Invisalign Teen orthodontics is sweeping the nation. Historically, teenagers have undergone traditional teeth straightening methods to achieve a beautiful smile. However, now more and more teens are turning to Invisalign Teen for a more discreet service.

Invisalign is able to tackle an abundance of orthodontic problems such as overcrowding, problems with under or over bite, gaps and much more. Also, a great bonus with Invisalign is there is no need for emergency appointments to fix broken wires or fittings.

Another great aspect of the treatment is the specially designed Invisalign app which can be downloaded to a smartphone. This app allows teens to take selfie photos of their teeth between appointments to track their progress. The app uses intricate algorithms to monitor the teeth and will also send out alerts to say when it is time to move on to the next aligner. Invisalign is a great way of straightening teeth without drawing attention to the process. Many teens are over the moon that this treatment is now available.


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Jason Dundas is to become an ambassador for Invisalign


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It has been announced that Jason Dundas is to become an ambassador for Invisalign. The Australian celebrity is best known for being a television presenter. His current role sees him hosting the Australian X-Factor. The celebrity will join the likes of Zac Efron, Serena Williams, and Eva Longoria in receiving the prestigious award. He is Australia’s first ambassador for the company.Jason Dundas is to become an ambassador for Invisalign

It was no secret that the 34-year-old was unhappy with his teeth before undergoing Invisalign treatment. He had made comments previously that his crooked teeth were a ‘burden’ to him. He also said that he thought he was ‘too old’ for teeth straightening. However, after seeking advice he realised that Invisalign treatment was very accessible. The brace was clear and removable so it did not interfere with his work.

Following his treatment, the star’s confidence and career saw a real boost. He was quoted on The Mail Online. “It just sort of changed my confidence level a bunch and my career kind of exploded after I had it done. It just took off.” It is amazing how straight teeth can make such a difference to how people look and feel.


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Cornwall dentist saves patient’s life


Cornwall dentist saves patient’s life

Cornwall dentist saves patient’s life – Dental patient, David Oldham, fell ill just before Christmas as he waited to see a dentist at his local surgery. The sixty-six-year-old man collapsed in the waiting room and remembers very little about the incident. The receptionist, Jill Constance, sounded the alarm and alerted the attention of dentist, Brian Needham. They both rushed to the aid of their patient.

Luckily for Mr. Oldham, his dentist’s previous job was a paramedic. This training, coupled with his dentistry experience, allowed Mr. Needham to identify a cardiac arrest and save the patient’s life. The practice staff worked together to perform CPR, and used a defibrillator to keep the sixty-six-year-old alive. Paramedics arrived on the scene after four minutes of receiving the emergency call and took over from the dentist’s staff.

Shortly after paramedics arrived an air ambulance was on the scene to take Mr. Oldham to the local hospital. Because of the quick thinking of the dental staff, and the life-saving equipment that they had to hand, their patient lives to tell the tale of his ordeal. Practice manager, Andy Taylor, said that it is vital that surgeries have defibrillators on hand for such occasions as these.


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Scuba diving could be bad for your teeth


New research has shown that scuba diving could have a dramatic effect on people’s teeth, according to a new study. The research, undertaken by staff at Buffalo University, showed that forty percent of people engaging in scuba diving activities have reported issues with their teeth and jaw.

Before embarking on any scuba diving activity, a medical examination is required, however, this does not include any checks to oral or dental health. Lead author of the study paper, Vinisha Ranna, was quoted in the Daily Mail, “Considering the air supply regulator is held in the mouth, any disorder in the oral cavity can potentially increase the diver’s risk of injury.”

Inexperienced divers can often clench their jaw while underwater, due to the cold temperatures, which can cause an array of issues from jaw pain, lost fillings, or loose crowns. Water pressure also plays a role, as this can cause pockets of air to build up around the roots of the teeth, potentially leading to broken molars, in some cases shattering teeth completely. It is advised that anyone wishing to undertake recreational scuba diving should seek advice from their dentist beforehand, to avoid any potential issues.



Prototype dental vaccine could neutralise harmful bacteria in the mouth


The world’s first dental vaccine could limit, or even replace, the need for gum surgery according to scientists from Melbourne, Australia. The breakthrough vaccination could work by stimulating the body’s own defenses to fight infection and reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria.

The team of Australian scientists have been working on the vaccine for almost fifteen years, alongside the biotech company CSL, who specialise in research, development and manufacture of medicines and vaccines to prevent serious conditions. The aim of this oral hygiene research and development was to produce a preventative medicine that could tackle periodontitis and general gum disease.

An article appeared in the NPJ Vaccines Journal earlier this week, which showed the findings of the prototype. The results suggested that it was extremely effective in triggering the natural human immune response to the bacteria Porphyromonas Gingivalis, and showed a neutralisation of this common culprit of bone and tissue loss. Scientists are hoping that a fully-fledged version of the vaccine could be available to the public within, as little as, a few years’ time. Not only would this be good news for overall health, considering it is linked to heart disease, dementia, and some cancers, but it would also mean that people would potentially need less invasive treatment from their dentist.




Duo imprisoned for dentist burglary


Halton Lodge Dental Surgery in Runcorn fell victim to a senseless ransacking and burglary at the hands of three men, at least two of which were addicted to class A drugs. Antony Wain aged 47 and Samuel Hambleton aged 38, along with an another unidentified male, were observed stealing items from the surgery back in March this year. Halton Lodge suffered loss and damages, including, money, dental supplies, and damage to property, worth around four thousand pounds.

Following a tip off to authorities, the two men were located at an address on Grangeway, where police initially had difficulty gaining entry to the property. Once inside, police arrested Wain and Hambleton after finding stolen goods on the premises. The men had even stolen the dental practice’s toothpaste.

Wain and Hambleton appeared in front of Chester Crown Court last Friday and were sentenced to twenty-eight months and twenty-four months respectively for the crime. It was also revealed that the pair have a very colourful past, with a total of seventy-two previous convictions between them, Wain being the most prolific with fifty-six to his name. Judge Patrick Thomas was not impressed by the pair’s antics, “You effectively ransacked the place. The consequence is the surgery was closed for three days, patients and staff were no doubt extremely distressed. The local community was without the dentist for three days and the business was caused considerable hardship.”



Unregistered dentist caught out by undercover investigator



Sixty-year-old Robert Webb of Hertfordshire has been caught performing illegal dentistry in unhygienic conditions, Stevenage Magistrates Court heard recently. The rogue dentist misled patients about his qualifications, claiming to be a clinical dental technician, when he has never held such a high position.

Mr Webb was caught out by an undercover investigator from the General Dental Council, posing as a client looking to enquire about dentures for her elderly mother. The conditions of the ‘clinic’ where he worked from were described as ‘cluttered, dusty and very dirty’ and bizarrely the unlicensed dentist kept pet hedgehogs in the premises. Jenny Stewart, the prosecutor at his trial, was quoted in the Daily Mail, “It is hard to gauge how many people he treated but he was clearly profiting from this and he would have come into contact with quite vulnerable elderly people.”

The courts found Mr Webb guilty of three offences relating to hisunlicensed practice and fined him over six thousand pounds. It emerged that the rogue dentist was previously struck off as a dental technician back in 2014 but continued to practice for a further two years before being found out. Mr Webb, who represented himself in court, said that it was his nature to be kind and helpful and that was how he ended up getting caught.



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