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Courteney Cox admits regret for her facial cosmetic surgery procedures


Recently, the former Friends star, Courteney Cox appeared on Bear Grylls’ popular TV adventure show, ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’. During the show, which was aired on 22nd August, the pair trekked through the wilds of Ireland in a journey of self-discovery and confessions. During the show, Courteney was open and honest about her surgery regrets. She admitted that her obsession to maintain her youthfulness took over her life at one stage and she acknowledged that with having had so much work done, she now looked like a different person. The star has had a number of Botox and laser treatment procedures over the years, and says she was not happy with the results.


Courteney was quoted on the show as saying, “I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that’s good, because it’s not always been my best look. So, now I just have a new motto: ‘Just let it be’.” Courtney also spoke about the benefits of growing older and said she loves watching her 12-year-old daughter, Coco, navigate ‘the game of life’.


Bear Grylls seemed particularly impressed with the actress during her time on the show and suggested that she stay away from cosmetic work in the future, ‘because the natural Courteney is amazing’.

Irish dentists warn that a sugar tax is not a ‘quick fix’ for levels of tooth decay among children


Like many countries, Ireland has been trying to deal with a high level of tooth decay among children and experts have warned that simply adding a sugar tax to drinks and snacks is not simply going to improve the numbers overnight. The Irish Dental Association has said that this is not a ‘miraculous quick fix’ to the problem or rising levels of decay among children.

The idea of a sugar tax has received widespread backing but the IDA has voiced doubt about the suggestion, given that there are no serious studies supporting it. In a statement, the IDA said that it would be publishing a paper about the topic ‘before making an informed decision’ about whether to lend its support to the sugar tax in Ireland.

At the moment, half of all twelve-year-olds in the country and three quarters of 15-year-olds have some level of decay in their permanent teeth; a sugar tax would hopefully drive down these numbers as children have limited access to sugary drinks and snacks that cause cavities and other health problems, such as obesity and diabetes. Although many health groups support the tax, others insist that the focus should be on encouraging people to reduce their intake of unhealthy products, rather than changing how much they are paying for them.

Irish dentists discuss sugar tax at conference


A sugar tax has been announced in the UK by British Chancellor George Osbourne and should take effect over the next two years; now the possibility of a similar tax has been raised in Ireland, in an attempt to curb rising rates of obesity and dental decay among children. The Irish Dental Association was expected to discuss the issue at their annual conference in Galway last week. However, rather than taxing people over sugary soft-drinks and treats, the IDA stated that it would be better to focus on helping people to reduce the amount of sugar they consume, rather than concentrating on how much they are paying for it. Dietician, Orla Walsh, has commented on the situation to news outlets in Ireland, saying that sugar consumption is not just about money, it ‘isn’t good for health, both in the short and long term.’ She spoke about how energy levels are disrupted and it puts us at risk of many diseases and health problems, as well as affecting dental health. She added ‘Children are suffering tooth decay at the moment, and that’s preventable by simply children only drinking milk and water’ and reducing their intake of soft-drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks.

Irish student claims fluoride in water has damaged his teeth


A student from Co. Cavan in Ireland has claimed that fluoride added to the water supply in the area has damaged his teeth, staining the enamel and causing it to wear away – a condition called fluorosis. 21-year-old Martin Cullen has said that he began to suffer with problems at the age of twelve; he told the Irish Independent ‘I was taken to the dentist to get my teeth whitened but afterwards they were still stained.’

Martin was told that veneers would be the only treatment option to cover up the damage but was surprised by the high price of the treatment, saying ‘It’s out of my price bracket.’ The social studies student blames the use of fluoride in the water, he told the paper; ‘The fluoride shouldn’t be in the water. It shouldn’t be happening. The dental care in this country is expensive enough.’

Sean Malone, president of the Irish Dental Association, said that adding fluoride to water supplies is a ‘safe and effective way of reducing decay’ and added that families in his practice who had added a filter to their taps to get rid of the fluoride typically had ‘increased decay rates’.

The Irish Dental Association holds the official policy that fluoridation is ‘the most practical, cost-effective and safe public health measure to control the occurrence of tooth decay in Ireland.’ Although the practice can sometimes cause enamel damage, the IDA added that this is ‘a primarily aesthetic concern and is less difficult to treat than decay.’

Children in Ireland are waiting up to four years for orthodontic treatment


New research claims that parts of Ireland have waiting lists of up to four years for children who need orthodontic treatment. The Orthodontic Society of Ireland has suggested that there are not enough dentists to cope with the country-wide demand and the waiting lists are getting longer as a result. The estimated average waiting time is about three years, with the HSE North East region counting around 4,000 children who are waiting to get orthodontic work done.

President of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, Dr Katherine Condren said that emergency cases were being prioritised but otherwise children were going to have to wait several years for their treatment. Some patients are turning to private practices to get help; Catherine Kearney from Terenure paid 4,250 euros – around £3577 –  for her 12-year-old daughter’s treatment over a three year period, after being told to return when she was 17 and even then there was no guarantee that there would be treatment available. She told the Irish Times ‘My daughter’s case was regarded as cosmetic, but it was more than cosmetic. That is the way they are characterised.’

The OSI are also warning against ‘quick fix’ solutions either at home or abroad, as people look at other options. A spokesperson said; ‘There is a lot more to orthodontics than getting your front teeth straightened. Most patients require longer treatments and you will need a better outcome. We are concerned that some surgeries are offering technology that can straighten your teeth very quickly. We’re trying to alert them to the fact that only a small number will be suitable for a short treatment.’

Consumers are unsure what constitutes a healthy snack


Research carried out in Ireland has revealed that a worrying number of people are not sure what sort of snack is really bad for their teeth; most of those asked were found to be unaware that cheese constitutes a healthy snack. Constant snacking on the wrong food and drinks can cause long term damage to teeth if they are not given enough time to recover from acid attacks.

The survey was carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation and involved questioning more than 2,000 members of the public. Chief executive Dr Nigel Carter said that most people were aware of what affect food and drink has on their body, but don’t know that ‘diet also plays a vital role in oral health.’ He added ‘Frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks naturally weakens the enamel on the teeth.’

Dr Carter offered some advice to consumers on how to improve their dental health, with regards to snacking; ‘If people do snack between meals, choose foods and drinks that do not contain sugar, limiting the amount of time the mouth is at risk.’ He also said that chewing on sugar-free gum after meals could be good for teeth, although almost half of those asked did not realise this – the action of chewing will help saliva to cancel out the acid that has been generated during the meal.

Irish patients travel from South to North for better prices on dental treatment


According to The Irish Times, people in the South of Ireland are travelling north to get a better price for their dental treatment; many dental practices are effectively private clinics within the National Health system and have a large list of patients, around 1,000 per surgeon. Due to extreme discrepancies in treatment prices, people are prepared to travel to Northern Ireland to get a better deal.

Seamus O’Hagan, partner at O’Hagan and Murray Dental Surgeons in Newry, is used to patients crossing the border to arrange treatment, saying his practice sees around fifteen cases per day. He commented that most people who approach their clinic were looking for root canal fillings, saying ‘If there’s [a treatment] with a big price disparity – root canals, crown and bridge work – they come North. They also come for cosmetic treatments such as coloured fillings or tooth-whitening.’ According to Mr O’Hagan, his prices start from 178euros for this sort of procedure, whereas a clinic in the South of Ireland would charge at least 300euros.

One Southern dentist, Tom Rodgers, said that he tries to keep his prices comparable with the North, although this is sometimes a struggle due to State funding. Mr Rodgers went on to say ‘I got zero help [from the state] when I started here. The only way I got anything was by going in and talking to the bank. They loaned me the money and I’m still paying it off. ‘He added that the Government in the South of the country have cut medical benefits and PRSI, adding that ‘In terms of dental healthcare here in the Republic, there is definitely a ticking time bomb.’

Tooth-whitening banned for under eighteens in Ireland


Tooth-whitening treatments that use peroxide to break down enamel stains are not allowed to be used on patients under the age of eighteen in Ireland, according to new rules from the EU. Fears have been growing recently that youngsters are damaging their teeth by undergoing this type of treatment in their teens.

Although the actual health risks are the same for older people, Dr Tom Feeney – of the Irish Dental Association – explains that under-eighteens have ‘younger gums and younger pores’, adding that ‘Hydrogen Peroxide can be very corrosive and too much of an irritant for young people. Some products that have been used for teeth whitening have up to thirty-five per cent food grade hydrogen peroxide, which can be very dangerous.’

Products on the market have also been restricted, so that consumers can only purchase whitening solution containing 0.1 per cent of the chemical. However, the IDA have warned that there are some products available online that have high levels of peroxide and can be very damaging to the teeth, so consumers need to be careful what they buy; taking advise from a dentist and getting the treatment done professionally is the best way to get positive results with a reduced risk factor.

It is thought that the new rules will make it safer for patients to undergo whitening treatment, as Dr Feeney explains ‘If someone wants to have their teeth whitened they will have to have a clinical exam and first treatment by a dentist.’

Botox company in trouble with industry watchdogs


Botox producer Allergan has been found guilty of breaching the UK Code of Practice today, after one of the company’s employees used Twitter to advertise one of their brands. Despite the fact the person in question used their own personal Twitter account to plug the organisation, the PMCPA (Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority) ruled that the global company had broken the rules by advertising prescription based medication on the social networking site.

The panel agreed to take into account the fact that the tweet was sent without the knowledge of parent organisation Allergan, and commented that they had been ‘badly let down’ by their employee. It is against company policy to comment on any business activity or advertise any product in a public arena, such as Twitter, but this didn’t seem to stop the activity taking place. Allergan have been told to remind their employees about their online tweeting, and urge them to be careful about what information they make public.

Despite this set back, Allergan have recently been in the headlines for boosting the economy of the small town of Westport in Co. Mayo, Ireland. The company has provided more than a thousand jobs by opening a factory for Botox production, and a research centre nearby, as well as bringing in business for the numerous hotels and beauty salons in the area.

Botox production boosts Irish economy


Like many towns in Ireland, Westport in Co. Mayo was struggling economically, but an unlikely saviour has come forward in the form of cosmetic enhancements, more specifically, the production of Botox. Allergan – manufacturers of the anti-aging drug – first began trading in 1977, before Botox became so widely used, now it is fighting back against the recession and expanding throughout the west of Ireland.

Councillor Sean Staunton spoke to the Irish Times, explaining that the town did not have high hopes for the company when it initially arrived, and he said that Westport was ‘like a lot of towns on the west coast of Ireland, [it] was on its knees.’

The Botox produced by Allergan is used for muscle treatments as well as for facial lines and wrinkles, and the company are looking to expand business over the next five years, building their workforce by over a thousand people. The new research and development centre will also bring more jobs to the local area, to add to the thousands of people they are keeping in work with the production plant, the beauty salons, and the ten hotels situated in the town. Tourism is expected to boom in the coming years also, as holidaymakers travel to the coast for some pampering and relaxation.

Local hotel owner Joe Corcoran credits the Botox company with keeping the town alive; ‘There have only been two construction projects here in the last three years,’ he said, ‘a school and the Lidl supermarket, so these jobs will be very welcome.’

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