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Gum appliance could straighten teeth while patient sleeps


A revolutionary new gum shield that contains a vibrating balloon could align crooked teeth in as little as three months. The device, called the Aerodentis, is connected to a small machine that pumps air in and out of a silicon balloon that rests against the patients teeth; the vibrations from the balloon gradually move crooked teeth until they are lined up with the plastic gum shield. The Aerodentis should be worn for eight to ten hours at a time, usually at night.

According to the Daily Mail, the maker of this new appliance claim that crooked teeth could be realigned in just three months, compared to the months or years it can take conventional braces. The vibrations from the balloon inflating are too gentle to wake the patient up but should be enough to stimulate tooth movement while they sleep. It is thought that the pulsing pressure should encourage tooth alignment much faster than the constant force put onto the teeth by traditional appliances.

A study at the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that teeth with a normal brace moved on average about 0.6mm over twelve days, compared to 0.9mm with the gentle vibrations of the Aerodentis. Martyn Cobourne, professor of orthodontics at the King’s Dental Institute in London, said that the theory of small vibrations against the teeth was also being used in the departments own design, called the Acceledent; although this is to be used alongside traditional devices, rather than instead of them. He said ‘We don’t have any data yet but there is very little high-quality evidence to suggest that vibrational force moves teeth any faster than conventional force.’

The Aerodentis is already approved for use in Europe and could come to the UK within a year.

Campaigners call for tighter regulations on Botox in US


Campaigners call for tighter regulations on Botox in USPeople contemplating getting Botox treatment may be interested to hear that US campaigners have called for tighter restrictions regarding the procedure.

Politicians in New Jersey are currently considering proposals to place a minimum legal age on the treatment, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The new bill would forbid practitioners from providing the injections to people younger than 18 years old, unless it was essential for medical purposes.

Research conducted previously by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that teenagers received more than 12,000 Botox injections in 2009.

A British woman living in San Francisco recently revealed she gave her daughter the injections for cosmetic purposes in order to increase her chances of winning beauty pageants.

Kerry Campbell performed the procedure on eight-year-old Britney, along with waxing her legs to reportedly improve her appearance.

The young girl was recently taken into care by officials from the Child Protection Unit while the case was investigated further.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800551150-ADNFCR

Ex-pat mother slammed for letting daughter, 8, have Botox


Botox is not for children, experts have said.A mother who moved to San Francisco from the UK has been criticised for allowing her eight-year-old daughter to have Botox.

Kerry Campbell takes her little girl Britney to a beautician every three months to have the substance injected into her face in a bid to beat wrinkles, the Sun reports.

However, the 34-year-old buys the Botox online and from local "dealers", meaning it may not be safe or come from a regulated supplier.

"I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer," Ms Campbell commented.

Experts have said that Botox should only be used by adults unless it is administered for medical reasons such as to treat cerebral palsy.

In December 2010, a Chinese student referred to as Xiaowei had a severe reaction to Botox after she ordered some on the internet and injected it into her face herself, What's on Xiamen reported.


Texan arrested for carrying out emergency dentistry without licence


Anyone in need of emergency dentistry should seek a qualified practitioner, a recent case has highlighted.  The importance of seeking an accredited professional when in need of emergency dentistry or other oral healthcare has been highlighted following a case in the US.

Julio de la Fuente, 54 and from Texas, was arrested over the weekend for practising dentistry without a licence.

His patients had complained about the poor dental work they had received and police were called to visit his surgery.

Although he told officers he had a degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan, calls to the institution revealed he had no such qualification.

He was also not registered by the State Board of Dental Examiners and had already been ordered to cease practising last year.

Mr de la Fuente has since been banned from carrying out dental work and has been released on bail.

Earlier this month, an unlicensed dentist from San Francisco was also prosecuted after carrying out dental implants and emergency dentistry unlawfully.

Mario Alfredo Pacheco had caused infections in some cases due to his shoddy work, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Unlicensed US dentist prosecuted


A US dentist who worked without a licence has been prosecuted.An unlicensed dentist from San Francisco has been prosecuted after working for three years and injuring his patients, according to a local newspaper.

Dental implants and emergency dentistry were both administered by Mario Alfredo Pacheco, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Some people paid thousands of dollars for unwanted treatment, including fillings, extractions and root canals, but have been unable to get their money back.

He caused infections by installing dental implants into one victim and was also said to have not sterilised his equipment properly.

The man, who worked in Oakland, was accused of inflicting great bodily injury, practising dentistry when he was unlicensed, risking harm to his patients and administering an anaesthetic to help commit a crime.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney, Nancy O’Malley, described Mr Pacheco’s work as “poorly done”.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the General Dental Council has prosecuted nine illegally-practising dentists in the UK so far this year.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800012792-ADNFCR

Botox licensed to help migraine sufferers


Botox licensed to help migraine sufferersBotox has been declared by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency as suitable for use on people who suffer from migraines.

Those who have headaches for more than 15 days a month and of which at least eight days are extreme migraines will be able to enquire as to whether botox will help relieve their symptoms.

The anti-aging treatment could help the estimated 700,000 individuals in the UK who regularly experience debilitating head pain.

Botox treatment has been shown to reduce the frequency of [headaches and migraines], which can bring important benefits for patients,” Professor Peter Goadsby of the University College London- Institute of Neurology, London and University of California, San Francisco remarked.

The UK licensing followed the result of a trial that found those who were administered the procedure saw a considerable reduction in migraines.

Injections of the youth-enhancing chemical could replace the traditional methods of treating chronic headaches, which include prescription medication, antidepressants and anti-epileptic products.

In a recent interview with Ladies Home Journal, supermodel Cindy Crawford admitted that she had used the wrinkle-busting injections to stave off the appearance of ageing.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19887565-ADNFCR

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