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Essex dentist mingles with Olympic stars


Chelmsford dentist Catherine Holmes was part of the 25-strong polyclinic team that worked during the Olympic Games to keep athletes in perfect oral health, and she managed to get a few photographs with her famous clients to remember the experience. Catherine, of Holmes Dental Practice, told the press ‘Although I am unable to break patient confidentiality by naming who I cared for, I was privileged to treat a number who became household names.’

It seems that even the best athletes in the world still need a lesson in oral hygiene though, as Catherine commented that ‘even those with ready access to brushes, paste, and running water needed our specialist care.’ Dr Holmes and her nurse Sharon Cambridge worked at the Olympic village for ten days during the Games and they were supported by doctors, massage therapists, and a whole medical team; ‘We ourselves must have dealt with hundreds of patients a day, it was surprisingly busy with everything from toothache and mouth guards to wisdom teeth extractions.’

Catherine, 51, also managed to get a photograph with the man of the moment, Usain Bolt, as well as Team GB heroes Tom Daley, who took bronze in the diving, gold medal winning rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge, and Olympic cycling champion Jessica Trott. ‘[they] were all glad to pose next to me,’ Catherine explained, ‘[and were] grateful to all the volunteers like myself.’ 

Cheryl Cole has the perfect smile


She hasn’t had a lot to smile about in the past few months, but Cheryl Cole can feel better knowing that when she does flash those pearly whites, she’ll be the envy of the show-biz world. According to a study carried out by Manchester Metropolitan University, the former X-Factor judge has all the ingredients needed for a perfect smile.

Dr David Holmes revealed that it wasn’t just to do with the colour and shape of the teeth, the shape of the face and smile ‘technique’ were also contributing factors. ‘Cheryl Cole is a great example of the perfect smile.’ He said ‘It’s no coincidence that she has been such a success and become the nation’s sweetheart, her smile helps her come over as genuine, attractive, and engaging.’

The perfect smile is thought to be a combination of face shape, lip and tooth health, and confidence. Dr Holmes added ‘A major factor is how well you can produce a full ‘arch-bow’ smile; a wide, deep crescent revealing teeth but not gums, and reaching up to the eyes.’

The research also revealed that smiling with confidence could have considerable effect on our social standing, even help with our love lives. Dr Holmes noted ‘Smiling not only makes us feel good, it is also fundamental to human attachment, helps strengthen relationships and bonds people together.’

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