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Revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumn


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Revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumnVivera Retainers, created by the world-renowned Invisalign, have developed a new product that will help with the treatment of more complex bite issues. Never before will Invisalign and Vivera have been able to treat and maintain more complex orthodontic issues than this. The bite ramps will be added to create a revolutionary Vivera treatment that will hit the UK this autumn.

The new bite ramps will make Vivera the first retainer to provide this additional benefit. This will be extremely useful in treating patients with deep bite malocclusions. Something that retainers have never been able to tackle previously. The treatment has already successfully launched in North America and Asia. Therefore, the UK and Europe can expect to follow suit shortly.

One North American practitioner already using the technology discussed the benefits with “Now that I can select Precision Bite Ramps on both Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers, I can provide both a great outcome for my patients with deep bite, and an effective way to maintain their beautiful smile for years to come.”


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American dental pioneer has his sights set on the UK


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American dental pioneer has his sights set on the UKStan Brock, the American dental pioneer has his sights set on the UK. For over thirty years, the ex-cowboy has organised over nine hundred temporary, large-scale clinics to help America’s poorest people receive desperately needed dental care. These clinics also included optician services. Following his huge success, Brock now has a vision of bringing this same set up to the streets of the UK.

He and his team of volunteers are looking to acquire temporary access to several large buildings in London. One in particular that has been mooted is the famous Wembley Stadium. Mr. Brock contacted The Times about his intentions and spoke openly about his motivations. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to equate the healthcare situation in Britain to that here in the United States. Healthcare for millions of Americans is accessible but not affordable. This dilemma reaches deep into the middle class when it comes to dentistry and vision care.”

The good news is that Brock has already secured financial backing for the operation, and many of the volunteers are happy to pay for their own travel costs. However, he could face complications when trying to bring American volunteers into the country. With this in mind, he says he would be happy to try and encourage EU volunteers to get on board with the project. Watch this space!


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UK urged to stop using amalgam fillings


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


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?


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 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, 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


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


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



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


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


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.

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