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Study reveals that billions of people across the world have tooth decay


According to a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research over 2.4 billion people across the globe have some level of untreated tooth decay and experts are saying that this is not just a problem among children, it is affecting a large number of adults also.

Professor Wagner Marcenes of Queen Mary University of London led the team of international researchers who analysed studies carried out on millions of people between 1990 and 2010. The results revealed that 2.4bn people have untreated tooth decay in their adult teeth and around 621million children have untreated cavities in their milk teeth. The study predicts more than 190m new cases of decay every year.

According to the results, around a third of the population in the UK had untreated decay in 2010. Prof Wagner blames the bulk of the problem on diet, with sugary foods and drinks being consumed in large amounts, as well as frequent snacking, exposing the teeth to high levels of acid on a daily basis. He said ‘It is alarming to see prevention and treatment of tooth decay has been neglected at this level. Tooth decay is a significant economic burden. And if left untreated, it leads to poor productivity at work and absenteeism in adults, and poor school attendance and performance in children.’

Woman attempts to avoid wrinkles by not smiling for forty years


A woman who claims to have avoided smiling for the past forty years says she did so to try and stop wrinkles from appearing on her skin. Tess Christian, 50, told MailOnline that she calls the technique her natural alternative to Botox injections.

Tess told the publication ‘I don’t have wrinkles because I have trained myself to control my facial muscles.’ She went on to say that everyone asks her if she has had Botox treatment because she looks so youthful, but she maintains that her only form of treatment is to avoid facial expressions that might cause wrinkles to develop over time. Tess added ‘it’s thanks to the fact I haven’t laughed or smiled since I was a teenager. My dedication has paid off, I don’t have a single line on my face.’

Dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe said that this can be an effective way to avoid wrinkles, he said ‘Wrinkles happen because of the constant creasing of smile and forehead lines by the muscles in your face, which fold the connective tissue under the skin. If you can train yourself to minimise your facial expressions, you won’t get as many lines.’

However, London psychologist Amanda Hills disagrees, explaining that smiling can make you feel happier on the inside. Amanda explained ‘When you smile you release endorphins, known as ‘happy hormones’ that make you feel good. Not smiling, meanwhile, has the opposite effect.’

Kerry Katona takes her new husband for matching dental veneers


Newlyweds Kerry Katona and George Kay have just recently cemented their relationship with matching tattoos and now the pair have decided to get his and hers dental veneers. Kerry and her new husband headed to a London dental clinic to have the treatment done this week and they took it in turns to sit in the dentist’s chair while their veneers were fitted.

Kerry, 34, and George got married in September after two years together and the birth of daughter Dylan-Jorge, now seven months old.

The newlyweds seemed pleased with the results of their dental work and they could be seen examining their new teeth closely in a mirror. As they left the Harley Street Smile Clinic, they couldn’t hide their big smiles and showed off their bright white teeth for the waiting photographers.

After going through some relationship trouble recently, the pair seems to be back on track with their marriage; Kerry told OK! Magazine that she has ‘fallen in love with George all over again’ following a Caribbean honeymoon last month.

Prince William’s dental mishap revealed


According to a Daily Mail reporter, Prince Williams pearly whites may be the work of a dentist after the 32-year-old royal suffered dental trauma partying a bit too hard at a high society wedding. A source close to the royals has revealed that the Prince lost part of his front tooth while fooling around with his friend Tom Inskip at the event in June last year.

The source said that William was ‘tearing up the dance floor’ after the ceremony and was accidentally hit in the face by Inskip, breaking off most of his front tooth. The royal was rushed to an emergency dentist to repair the damage before returning to London. Another guest told the paper that ‘William was dancing into the small hours when Tom knocked the tooth out on the dance floor.’ His wife Kate was pregnant with their son George at the time and William was said to have joked that ‘he’d have to smile for the cameras with a missing tooth’ if his child was born that night.

Another guest added that William was determined to get the tooth repaired so that his wife didn’t ‘go completely spare’. Now that Kate is pregnant for the second time, the reporter hears that friends are joking with the prince about the accident and hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.


Huffington Post editor bumps into Usain Bolt at the dentist


On a routine trip to the dental clinic social media editor for the Huffington Post, Chris York, was more than a little surprised to find himself in the company of the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. The sprinter seemed to be in good spirits despite partying all night in London with friends and was happy to pose with the editor for a picture.

Chris York was dropping some paperwork at the reception and was shocked when he realised that one of the world’s most famous athletes was sat just a few feet away. Chris said he spotted ‘someone rather familiar-looking sat in reception. I glanced at the receptionist and she nodded and said ‘yes it is.’ He described the occurrence as ‘pretty surreal’ and explained that Usain did not say what he was at the dentist’s for but entertained those in the reception by making jokes and ‘having a laugh.’ Chris added ‘He seemed in good spirits considering the night before.’

Usain was pictured earlier in the day making his way home after a night out partying in London and his ‘walk of shame’ was widely documented by the public, although he seemed to be coping with his hangover in a typically jovial style; the sprinter appeared no worse for wear despite spending the night partying and drinking.

Woman undergoes dental surgery using hypnosis


A woman in London has had her wisdom tooth removed without any anaesthetic to numb the pain; Sharon Waxkirsh chose instead to undergo the procedure using only hypnosis. As well as the extraction, Sharon had two incisions and one stitch during the operation, but said she felt nothing after putting herself into a trance at the start of the appointment. She also says she was able to stop any bleeding, swelling, or bruising afterwards.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said that she had hypnotised herself and did not feel any discomfort. She told the publication ‘It didn’t ever become painful, not once, and I didn’t have any blood loss at all.’ Explaining how effective the method is at blocking pain, Sharon said ‘The beauty of it is that it allows you to have complete control over your body and you lose that when you have an anaesthetic. I just decided to completely relax my body – it is all about getting in the zone.’

Sharon also believes that this could benefit the NHS as well as other patients; she explained that ‘It has the potential to save the NHS millions of pounds every year and get people out of hospital much quicker than with conventional recovery programmes. Hypnosis can over-ride the chemicals in the brain that cause us fear and tension. It can also allow us to subdue pain and let the body concentrate on healing itself.’

Katie Price spotted heading to Botox appointment


Glamour model Katie Price was photographed by The Mirror making her way to a London clinic to get Botox injections, along with baby son Jett Riviera. The TV personality was wrapped up warm as she headed to the Freedomhealthskin clinic in London for the anti-wrinkle treatment; she is well known for her love of cosmetic treatments and make up, this is not the first time she has had facial injections.

As well as her new baby, Katie was accompanied by good friend Louise Glover; the pair did not acknowledge the cameras but the model’s mood seemed to have soured from earlier in the day when she posted a message about her upcoming treatment on social networking site Twitter; she wrote ‘About to have botox with @LeeSkinGuru woooooo.’

The paper reporting the story suggested that Katie was looking for a way to improve her mood after her ex-husband Peter Andre announced his engagement to medical student Emily MacDonagh following the birth of their daughter in January this year. Katie and Peter have two children together and divorced in 2009 after four years of marriage; after the split, Katie married and divorced again, before getting hitched to Kieran Hayler only a couple of months after their first meeting.

Apprentice winner opens her first Botox clinic


Winner of The Apprentice series nine, Leah Totton, has used Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment to open her first clinic in Moorgate, central London. One of Lord Sugar’s aids from the BBC show, Karren Brady was also in attendance. The Dr Leah outlet was launched today and Ms Totton made a pledge to withhold facial injection treatment from teenagers, following recent revelations in the media that some clinics were providing Botox injections to patients as young as 16.

Ms Totton told the London Evening Standard ‘Whilst we acknowledge that Botulinum toxin is used to treat medical conditions in all age groups, we cannot accept that its use as anti-aging treatment in teenagers is in any way justifiable. It is our position that this is extremely poor practice and raises important ethical concerns. Dr Leah Clinics will not be treating teenagers with Botulinum toxin for the prevention of lines and wrinkles.’

The clinic will offer a range of procedures, including Botox injections, facials, and skin peels.

Lord Sugar supported her pledge, saying ‘By stating that she will refuse to treat teenagers in her clinic it is a bold but sensible move and I look forward to seeing her continue to pioneer safety and regulation in what is currently an unregulated marketplace.’

Patient left in agony after dental treatment receives £8,750 settlement


A woman who was left in agony for weeks after her dental treatment was botched has won an out-of-court settlement of £8,750 from a dentist who also treated celebrities from reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex, including Amy Childs and Joey Essex.

Helena Reed, 40, visited Dr Jas Singh and Dr Kiran Hanji at their London clinic in March 2009 to treat a twisted tooth; after a bridge, veneers, and a porcelain crown were fitted she began to have numerous problems. After the bridge broke Helena developed an infection and this caused her face to swell up; she also lost over a stone in weight throughout the ordeal.

Helena told The London Evening Standard ‘It looked like I’d done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson… It was horrendous. They said the treatment would be pain-free treatment but giving birth to my daughter was easier. I feel I’ve been let down badly and now have more treatment ahead because of the mistakes made.’

After paying £5,500 for the cosmetic work and suffering terrible results, Mrs Reed decided to seek treatment elsewhere for the infection and underwent several root canals to deal with the infection; she also decided to pursue a claim with the help of the Dental Law Partnership, which suggested that Dr Singh and Dr Hanji failed in a duty of care towards their patient. Although there was an out-of-court settlement, both dentists deny any liability. Dr Hanji has since left the practice to open his own clinic.

London 2012 athletes found to have very bad teeth


Dentists working with the athletes that took part in the London 2012 Olympics have revealed that they found ‘striking’ levels of tooth decay in those competing at the games. A fifth of the athletes surveyed said that poor oral health had some effect on their training and performance.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, revealed that cavities, tooth erosion, and gum disease were all common problems, and researchers added that athletes, as a group, were found to have worse dental health than other people in similar age groups. Lead researcher Professor Ian Needleman said ‘Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor. It’s quite striking.’ He suggested that the large amount of carbohydrates that athletes were consuming, combined with the sugary energy drinks, could be leading to tooth damage. Prof Needleman also added that the stress on the immune system from training could leave athletes at risk of oral disease.

Although the competitors who visited the dental clinic during The Olympics were obviously more likely to have problems with their teeth, the results of the research still made for shocking reading; of the 302 athletes treated, from 25 sports, 55% showed early signs of decay, 45% had enamel erosion, and 76% had gum disease. A third of those assessed said that their oral health affected their quality of life and one in five said it affected their athletic performance.

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