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Movie start meets namesake at dental practice in US


Actor Gerard Butler was travelling from Louisiana to New York by motor cycle when he came face-to-face with his name sake at a dental practice in New Orleans; the movie star was taking some time out after completing filming on his latest project Olympus and decided to take the road trip with a friend when he spotted the dental surgery as the pair stopped to take a rest.

Butler and his friend Freddie where in North Carolina when they decided to take a break from the road; they stopped at a 7-eleven – a type of store in the US – and were surprised to see a familiar name on the awning of a nearby building. Butler explains ‘We stopped to get some refreshments and I looked across the road and I’m like ‘Do you see what I see?’ and there was a dentist called Jerry Butler’.

Despite having no dental problems currently, the 43-year-old thought it would be entertaining to speak to the dentist, ‘So me and Freddie go across the road and Freddie knocks on the door and says, ‘Hi, I have an appointment with Jerry Butler…’ and [his assistant] says, ‘Who should I say is calling?’ and I step forwards and say, ‘It’s Gerry Butler.’

The 300 star also joked that it was a moving experience, saying ‘I went in and met Jerry Butler, the dentist, which was actually a big honour for me.’

Punk rock front woman gets her teeth knocked out


Lead singer of punk rock band Against Me! knocked out several teeth this week after getting hit in the face with a microphone; Laura Jane Grace shattered her front teeth when a fan accidentally kicked the microphone stand into her face during the bands performance at the Soapbox Lounge in Wilmington, North Carolina on Wednesday.

As reported by, the accident happened when a group of fans stormed the stage and Laura was forced to throw her guitar at them as they overran the band and security. Although the transgender singer – who was formerly known as Tom Gabel – was taken for medical treatment, she didn’t seem too traumatized by the experience, finding the time to tweet and update fans on her condition. Laura posted on Twitter ‘For those asking, last night my mic was kicked into my face and it shattered a couple of teeth. It was an accident, but still really hurt.’ She wasn’t pleased about the damage done though, adding that she was ‘also pretty upset about the idea of reconstructive dental surgery.’

However, later that day the singer seemed to have cheered up, even joking that she was going to get some noticeable tooth art, tweeting ‘I’m gonna start a kickstarter to get a diamond grill like Kanye.’

The bands sixth studio album entitled Transgender Dysphoria Blues is currently being toured and should be released in 2013.

Evolution of the human diet could be to blame for dental problems


According to a conference in North Carolina, entitled Evolution of Human Teeth and Jaws; Implications for Dentistry and Orthodontics, many of modern man’s dental problems can be blamed on changing diets. Experts in the field have discovered that things like cavities, overbites, and crooked or crowded teeth are inevitable, given the drastic change in eating habits over the past 13,000 years.

The study used ancient fossilised teeth to compare today’s diet with that of our ancestors, explains Simon Hillson, Professor of bio-archaeology at University College London; ‘Not only are there exceptionally well-preserved examples of fossilised human ancestors available, we’ve been able to examine teeth of people such as the Aboriginals and Kalahari bushmen who ate a hunter-gatherer diet like our pre-agricultural ancestors as recently as the 1950’s’

Since man became farmers, rather than hunter-gatherers, food has become much softer and easier to chew, resulting in smaller jaws and teeth that are ‘actually redundant’, says Dr Nigel Carter of the British Dental Health Foundation. Dr Carter added that ‘apart from the necessity of teeth for appearance and speech, we probably no longer need them’, due to diets that reduce chewing. The arrival of sugar in Britain may also have played a big part in dental conditions, says Dr Carter, pointing out that at the start of the 19th century when the sweet stuff arrived on our shores ‘the state of our teeth plummeted.’

Electric toothbrushes ‘could help emergency dentistry prevention regimes’


Could an electric toothbrush help you to prevent a need for emergency dentistry?  Some people may benefit from using electric toothbrushes when it comes to emergency dentistry prevention.

This is the advice of Dr Ogo Eze, who told the Guardian that the devices could help those with manual dexterity problems, or children who struggle with their coordination during brushing.

However, he added: "I wouldn't say electric toothbrushes are automatically better," pointing out that technique is the most important issue.

Dr Eze said one thing that is vital is the use of floss once a day, preferably at night.

The expert recommended flossing first and then brushing, because this will open slight gaps between the teeth to get a brush and toothpaste into, as well as allowing food particles and bacteria to be swept out.

In October 2010, researchers from the University of North Carolina found the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush performed significantly better in tests than a manual brush, reported.

Philips toothbrush recommended for preventing emergency dentistry


Britons could reduce their likelihood of needing emergency dentistry by using a Philips toothbrush.A clinical study has seen a group of scientists recommend a power toothbrush in helping patients to prevent emergency dentistry.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina tested the Philips Sonicare power toothbrush to see if it lived up to its claims on beating plaque and helping with periodontitis, reports.

It was discovered that the tool not only cleaned teeth and reduced gingivitis, but also improved gums and could halt gingival bleeding within four weeks.

This was significantly better than the results for the manual toothbrush in the same tests.

Dr Joerg Strate from Philips said the toothbrush is a response to the changing needs in oral healthcare.

"Beyond plaque removal … these products help patients to successfully address their oral care needs, even if they are suffering from a compromised situation or particular treatment conditions," he added.

Earlier this month, the British Dental Health Foundation also recommended the Oral-B oscillating-rotating power toothbrush, reported.

Dental implant range extended


A new range of dental implants have been launched in the US.

A new set of dental implants are being launched in the US that will extend the range of products available to dental professionals.

Dentium USA has unveiled its new SuperLine dental implant system, which the firm claims is perfect for use in cases where soft bones are found or in sinus graft with implant placement procedures.

The firm stated: “Since SuperLine components are equipped with a true single platform, only one abutment connection is used for implants. This reduces the need for multiple prosthetic components and simplifies the surgical and prosthetic procedure.”

Meanwhile, US dental implant manufacturer MegaGen recently announced it is to take on new staff in areas across the country, including Texas, California, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta and North Carolina.

The group issued the statement following the launch of its new Lateral Sinus Kit and made the claim that it plans to carry out significant expansion in the US marketplace over the coming months.

MegaGen dental implants ‘gaining market share in US’


A dental implant firm is set to expand in the US.

Dental implants manufacturer MegaGen has announced it is set to expand its market share in the US under new ambitious plans.

The company is set to take on members of staff in areas across the country, including Texas, California, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta and North Carolina.

As a result, it is set to expand its product line further, with the launch of its new Lateral Sinus Kit.

Steven Pfefer, vice-president of sales and marketing at MegaGen US, said: “We feel that our sustained growth reflects positively on the quality, innovation and value that MegaGen brings to the dental implant.”

The company was launched in 2002 and in 2009 was voted a leading technology venture company by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

It is based in Korea and is currently one of the fastest growing dental implant providers in the world. It offers both temporary and permanent dental implant solutions to dental professionals.

Chipped a tooth? Get a dentist to examine it


Dentist’s should check out chipped teeth.

Anyone who has suffered from a chipped or broken tooth should get a dental profession to examine it, it has been stated. chipped tooth

Softouch Dental Care of North Carolina claimed anyone who has suffered damage to their teeth should make sure they visit a dentist quickly, as the area could harbour bacteria.

It noted filling and dental bonding can help reduce this problem, although for more severe cases the use of porcelain dental veneers could be more appropriate.

According to the practice: “If your chipped tooth is more badly damaged than you originally thought, you may be advised to have that tooth removed. If your tooth requires removal, you can replace it with a dental bridge or a dental implant.”

Elsewhere, Dr Mike Cummings, medical director at the British Medical Acupuncture Society, recently said anyone feeling pain after a cosmetic dentistry procedure may be able to reduce their discomfort through acupuncture.

Need for tooth implants ‘may be genetic’


Genetic factors could make gingivitis more likely – leading to a need for cosmetic dentistry solutions such as tooth implants.Tooth loss and the associated need for tooth implants and cosmetic dentistry may be predicted by genetic factors, research has revealed. teeth implants


Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered that a large proportion of an individual’s genetic code plays a part in whether they are likely to develop gingivitis.

This is associated with reddened, sensitive and bleeding gums, as well as raising the likelihood that teeth will fall out – which could lead individuals to seek cosmetic dentistry solutions such as tooth implants.

Scientists also found that the complexity of the causing factors behind the condition could mean it is difficult to prevent its development or to reverse its effects.

British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter comments: “Gum disease affects most people at some point in their lives, so there is no excuse for ignoring good dental hygiene.”

Dr Steven Offenbacher, lead author of the study for the university, adds that “thousands of individual genes” must be considered in order to determine what is occurring at the onset of gingivitis.

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