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UK urged to stop using amalgam fillings

Sun

Amalgam fillings, which are a mixture of liquid mercury and powdered alloys of tin, copper, and silver, have long been a source of controversy in the dental world. Many dentists, consumers and health environment organisations are calling for a complete ban on the substance, especially for use in pregnant women and children, due to health risks. The other aspect of the debate centers on the environmental impact. Secondary poisoning of fish and wildlife, as well as its effects on water, air and land are also at the forefront of the campaign.
Dr Graeme Munro-Hall, a British dentist, made a public statement explaining the current situation, “British dentists increasingly realize that the end is near for amalgam. Alternatives are available, affordable, and effective. It is time for the UK to say good-bye to amalgam, a material clearly inferior to composite or ionomers.”
Europe is the world’s biggest user of amalgam at present, which makes this a worrying factor. Three members from the European Parliament have distributed petitions calling for support in banning its use. Currently the petition holds over seventeen thousand names and is still growing. Representatives from European institutions are due to meet on the 6th December to discuss the regulations on the use of mercury, which includes its use in dentistry.

 

Oasis Dental Care bought out by Bupa

Thu

Private health care group, Bupa, has closed an eight hundred and thirty-five-million-pound deal to buy out the popular dentistry chain Oasis Dental Care. Recently there has been massive expansion in Britain’s dental industry, and this deal shows further evidence of this. The cosmetic dentistry market is set to rise even further over the coming years, which is attributed to demand from an aging population. It is estimated that the industry is currently worth around seven billion pounds.

The Oasis Dental Care chain has three hundred and eighty practices and forty-two clinics, making it the second largest dental provider in the UK. The group has close to two thousand dental professionals providing service to around two million people. As well as private dental care, Oasis also take NHS patients, to offer services to a diverse range of people from various locations across the country.

UK managing director for Bupa, David Hynam spoke enthusiastically to The Times newspaper, “There’s strong customer demand for high-quality, value-for-money dental services that are convenient and easy to use. Bupa and Oasis have a shared commitment to putting customers first, and we look forward to working together and welcoming the Oasis team into Bupa.” This deal further cements the agenda of the government to drive forward the importance of good dental health, and shows exciting prospects for the future of the industry as a whole.

 

 

Could unhealthy teeth affect your love life?

Thu

The chances are that when looking for a new partner, people have a set of ideals in mind for that special someone. It could be a person’s eye, hair, physique or personality. However, what is the most sought after feature when looking for a potential date?

A study in 2013 by Match.com surveyed 5,481 singles of both sexes to investigate what was important for a person when looking for a new relationship. The results showed that the number one featurepeople value was actually their teeth. Fifty eight percent of men, and a staggering seventy one percent of women said that healthy teeth were the most important out of all attributes. A previous UK study in 2012 also found that people took into consideration the colour and spacing between teeth.

New research suggests that people reaching young adulthood around the turn of the millennium feel just as strongly about teeth as the older generations do. Chief scientific advisor for Match.com, Doctor Helen Fisher, was not shocked by the results. She was quoted in a USA Today article as saying, “From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health — how much you drink, smoke, what you’re eating.” It just goes to show that good dental care can have wider reaching benefits than just a healthy mouth.

 

 

 

Outrage over potential migrant teeth testing

Fri

Earlier on this week, Conservative MP David Davies called for the controversial teeth testing of migrant children to confirm their age. Children have been arriving in the UK, from Calais, to join family members already in situ. Further checks may also potentially be performed, such as, Interviews and fingerprinting to attempt to certify identity.

Suspicions have been raised that some migrants are adults masquerading as children, and the Conservative MP for Monmouth, has called for compulsory dental checks to be performed to identify the age of people gaining refuge in the UK. Mr Davies was quoted on the BBC Website as saying that one of the children arriving had, “lines around his eyes and looks older than I am. If they are jumping on lorries, they are not going to be adverse to lying about their ages. We should do the tests.”

Following the controversy, dentists have condemned the checks, expressing concerns that the procedure would be unethical. A spokesman for the British Dental Association (BDA) has also spoken out about the disputed claims that dental checks would be able to confirm someone’s age and said the BDA was ‘Vigorously opposed’ to the idea of using dental X-rays for such means. “It’s not only an inaccurate method for assessing age, but it is both inappropriate and unethical to take radiographs of people when there is no health benefit for them.” The debate continues.

 

 

 

GPs seeing around six hundred thousand patients a year with dental problems

Sun

The BDA (British Dental Association) have revealed that more and more people in the UK are visiting their GP, instead of their dentist, with oral health related issues. Figures suggest that around six hundred thousand patients a year, roughly eleven thousand a week, are opting to seek help and advice from their doctor instead of the correct route of seeing a dentist. The BDA have attributed this to the increasing cost of NHS dentist appointments, as opposed to the free consultations offered at GPs practices. Inevitably this is adding to the pressures and time constraints of what is already an overstretched service. It is estimated that the cost of this issue is around twenty-six million pounds a year.

The question was raised whether it be cheaper, in the long run, to offer all dentist treatment on the NHS, as the knock on effect from people seeking dental treatment through NHS doctors and hospitals could end up costing more.

Ninety-six percent of GPs stated in the Comres Survey (2013) that a lot more should be done to discourage people with an oral or dental health problem from seeking help within their practices. In reality there is little more a GP can do in these situations other than prescribe antibiotics or pain relief.

 

 

 

Unregulated lip filler treatment goes horribly wrong

Sat

 

A woman who attend an appointment in Dubai for lip filler injections has urged others not to follow her example after her treatment when horribly wrong and she was left permanently disfigured by the botched procedure. According to the Express, the woman – known only as Jane – was on holiday in Dubai when she saw some advertisements for lip fillers. Although Jane was expecting a trained cosmetic surgeon to carry out the treatment this was not the case and she developed problems with her bottom lip just days later.

After rushing back to the clinic with swollen, painful lips and burning skin, Jane was told by the doctor that this was normal and would subside in a few days. However, as she was still worried by her symptoms, Jane sent some pictures of her lips to a doctor friend in the UK, who immediately told her to speak to a professional because the tissue in her lips appeared to be dying – a condition called necrosis.

Jane was then referred to a doctor in Dubai who carried out a treatment to dissolve the filler solution before the tissue died completely. The 28-year-old has urged others considering this treatment to check the Save Face register before making an appointment – this is an industry watchdog that shows a list of properly qualified practitioners who are trained to carry out this procedure.

 

Farrah Abraham gifts daughter Sophia with £900 from the tooth fairy

Thu

Reality TV regular Farrah Abraham is known for her attention-seeking ways and now she’s got daughter Sophia in on the action; the Teen Mom star posted a picture of the six-year-old flashing the cash she was given as a gift from the tooth fairy when her front tooth fell out recently. Farrah, 24, had only just returned from the UK following a stint on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother but she clearly still loves the limelight.

The photograph, posted on Twitter, showed Sophia with £900 in Sterling – which is a about $1400 –  that was given to her after her baby tooth fell out and the youngster was also keen to show off a new bracelet that her mother had given her under the guise of the tooth fairy. Farrah captioned the pictures ‘ToothFairy presents were epic! Sophia got an amazing ToothFairy bracelet.’ Lucky Sophia has been given even more money than when her last teeth fell out; back in July she only got the equivalent of six hundred pounds.

Farrah recently spoke to UsWeekly about her daughter losing her baby teeth, saying that the little girl had been ‘going through a hard time’ with her front teeth falling out, adding that ‘she’s not really so secure’. The mother-of-one continued ‘She loses her first big tooth and she’s just like ‘Mommy, I want teeth like yours! And I’ve had my teeth cosmetically done, so they’re looking pretty perfect.’

Adding fluoride to water could save the NHS millions of pounds

Wed

New research has suggested that adding fluoride to drinking water could save the NHS millions of pounds that is currently being spent on dental treatment, as well as improving the health of the nations teeth. In areas of the country where the mineral was added to the water, the number of people admitted to the dentist for a tooth extraction halved in comparison to areas without untreated water.

The latest study, which has been published in the Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, found that there were no adverse effects on children’s health, despite the supposed risks – which include brain impairment, liver and kidney disease, and bone disorders. Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation said that fluoridation is vital in the fight against decay which is currently ravaging the teeth of children in the UK. He said that ‘this new research reinforces what we have known for a long time regarding the benefits that fluoride can have on children’s teeth, while also emphasising the fact that fluoridation has no negative impact on general health.’

Dental health problems are known to be prevalent in areas of deprivation and the authors of the study have suggested that adding fluoride to the water could help children who are ‘less likely to practice good oral hygiene and access dental services for routine care.’

The NHS currently spends £30million on dental care for children, mainly extractions of rotten teeth; fluoridation could reduce decay, strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to bacteria, saving healthcare providers millions of pounds in treatment.

Kate Winslet hits back against surgery claims

Mon

Hollywood actress Kate Winslet has hit back at claims by tabloid papers that she has gone under the knife; the 39-year-old has spoken to usatoday.com about the rumours as UK papers ask why Kate’s skin looks so smooth and wrinkle-free when she is nearing forty. On the promotional circuit for her latest film, A Little Chaos, Kate spoke out about the rumours concerning her appearance.

The mother-of-three said that ‘Someone speculated have I had Botox?’ She then began to raise and lower her eyebrows to show how the skin crinkles when she forms facial expressions; thus making it clear that she hasn’t been near face injections to try and keep wrinkles at bay. Seemingly perturbed by the suggestion, Kate added ‘I mean, seriously? It makes me crazy how people can possibly say that.’

Although she does look young for her 39 years, the actress said that there was no great secret to her youthful appearance and described her daily routine as ‘very boring’, adding that she wears sunscreen to protect her skin and drinks two litres of water every day to stay hydrated and keep the skin cells smooth and moisturised, which helps to prevent wrinkles from forming.

Bupa survey suggests that one in three Britons brush without toothpaste

Fri

According to new research by Bupa, a third of the general public in the UK do not use toothpaste when brushing their teeth. Further numbers revealed that nine percent of people admitted they share a toothbrush with a family member or partner.

Although the study showed that dental hygiene in the UK leaves a lot to be desired, most of the people asked admitted that they would change their teeth if they could, with over a third of respondents saying that their smile would be the first thing they would alter about their appearance, given the chance. A further 63 per cent said that they wished their teeth were whiter and cleaner.

Steve Preddy, Dental Clinical Director of Bupa Dental Services said that it was ‘vital’ that people undertake regular brushing in order to maintain a good dental condition, for a healthy lifestyle. He added ‘worryingly, our research highlights how many people are ignoring the art of brushing their teeth properly.’

Mr Preddy added ‘Modern, state-of-the-art electronic toothbrushes and interdental tools provide a wealth of different ways to clean. So there should be no excuse for not brushing for two minutes twice every day, and in conjunction with seeing a dentist regularly, we encourage people not to neglect their teeth and gums.’

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