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More middle-aged men than ever are getting Botox treatment

Thu

According to new figures released by RightClinic.com, men aged between 45 and 55 are the least likely to tell a wife or partner that they are getting Botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, even though the number of men in this age group undergoing the treatment has risen sharply. Around 10% of those getting Botox treatment in Britain are male, and reasons for this range from looking younger for a mistress to keeping up with a partner who has started cosmetic treatment.

It was also revealed that 21% of men who have this treatment don’t tell anyone about it, with 11% paying in cash so that the procedure does not show up on bank statements. The research showed that city men were more likely to go for Botox treatment, with those living in Manchester, Edinburgh, and London, the most likely to visit a clinic.

Dr Ganesh Rao, of RightClinic.com, said that this was no longer a female treatment, asking ‘Women have widely adopted the procedure, so why shouldn’t men enjoy the benefits to their self-esteem too?’ He added that this treatment isn’t just for vanity, it is ‘a great confidence booster’ and went on to say that ‘The Botox boom over the last five years shows no signs of slowing down. More than one million procedures a year are carried out in the UK.’

Dentists warn that patients are at risk due to the rising cost of dental treatment

Wed

Almost a million people in the UK have avoided attending dental appointments since 2010 because they are unable to afford the rising cost of care – some patients are at risk of overdosing on painkillers as they try to self-medicate in an attempt to avoid the high prices of NHS dentistry.

NHS England revealed that 951,000 people in the UK chose not to visit the dentist when they needed to in the last four years, as the cost of a basic NHS check-up rose 12% during that time period – rising from £16.50 to £18.50.

Nurse Michelle Good man at the NHS 111 helpline told the Mirror that there has been a ‘huge increase’ in patients trying to access treatment but being unable to do so due to the cost. She added that this has caused some to ‘unintentionally overdose with over-the-counter analgesics.’

This rise in dental patients avoiding the dentist has also put pressure onto hospitals that are already over-stretched as many people have decided to go to A&E so that they don’t have to pay for treatment for things like toothache. This problem has been called a ‘false economy’ by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.

Poor people have fewer teeth by the age of 65

Tue

According to findings published by the Journal of Dental Research, poor people in the UK have eight fewer teeth than rich people by the age of 65; it has been suggested that low wages and poor standards of living are to blame for the divide in dental health.

The study was carried out by Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and the National Centre for Social Research. It also revealed that people who live in poor areas of the country and have lower levels of education will suffer with more with tooth decay, gum disease, and general tooth loss.

Lead author Professor Jimmy Steele, head of the dental school at Newcastle University, said that this was not a ‘big surprise’, but the effects will have a ‘big impact’ on the lives of poorer people in the UK. Senior lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, Dr Georgios Tsakos, said that educating people living in deprived areas would help to reduce the problem. Dr Tsakos said; ‘It is not only being poor that affects their perceptions about their oral health and quality of life, but educational attainment can also make a major difference. This has profound implications for policy as intervening in earlier life could have a significant long term effect on oral health.’

Watchdog suggests that teachers help children to brush their teeth at school

Wed

According to health watchdog NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – the dental health of children in the UK can be improved by encouraging teachers to show them how to brush whilst at school. NICE blamed the high number of rotten teeth on parents allowing children to eat and drink products high in sugar and suggested that primary school teachers should hold supervised brushing sessions at least once a day.

Some teaching unions are not in agreement and maintain that it is the parent’s responsibility to teach children to brush their teeth, citing a reduction in learning time if this guideline is enforced.

The government group says that there is still a heightened level of decay among poorer households in the UK and professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said that ‘as a society we should help parents and carers give their children the best start in life and act now to stop the rot before it starts.’

The new guidelines recommend a brushing session once a day for children under eleven years of age, which may be the only time some children brush their teeth during the day.

Dentists recommend a reduction in the consumption of sugar

Mon

Dentists at University College London are calling for a 75% reduction in the daily consumption of sugar, to try and stop tooth decay from rising in the UK. Research has shown that sugar intake should be cut to around four teaspoons a day – which is the equivalent to less than half a can of coke or two digestive biscuits.

The study, which is published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal, showed that processed food and drink contain a large amount of sugar and the findings could increase demand for a new ‘sugar tax’ on fizzy drinks and other unhealthy foods. Co-author of the study, Professor Aubrey Sheiham, said that ‘Tooth decay is one of the most widespread health problems and it is thought around a third of UK children aged 12 have visible tooth decay.’

The report reveals that the recent suggestion made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that sugar consumption be reduced to 25g (six teaspoons) would not be enough to stop decay from developing. The dentists have suggested that a reduction of 74% will be needed – based on the current average intake of adults in the UK. Prof Sheiham’s co-author, obesity expert Professor Philip James, concluded that ‘Previous analyses based on children have misled public health analyses on sugars… The much greater adult burden of dental caries highlights the need for very low sugar intakes throughout life.’

Website reveals how cost of dental veneers varies across the UK

Tue

According to new research by an online search engine Wolverhampton is the cheapest place in the UK to get dental veneers fitted, with Stratford-upon-Avon being the most expensive. If you are looking for quality treatment at lower prices you should really consider the area in which you are about to make an appointment – post codes definitely affect the price of dental care, if new research is to be believed.

Healthcare website whatclinic.com showed that the UK average cost for a private check-up is £36; Stratford-upon-Avon dentists charge substantially higher than that, with the average price being about £67. In contrast, a standard check-up in Bradford could be as little as £15.

If you are thinking about getting costly dental treatment you should look into the clinic options to try and save money – and also to make sure that you are getting the best quality dental care that is available to you.

The website examined the fees charged for consultations at 11,000 private dentists throughout the country, as well as the price for a number of other cosmetic treatments, including teeth whitening and dental veneers. Close behind Stratford-upon-Avon came Newbury, Guildford, Milton Keynes, and Tunbridge Wells.

More people are heading to A&E instead of the dental clinic

Thu

Due to the high price of dental treatment in UK many patients are choosing to avoid regular payments in an effort to save money; unfortunately, this has meant that the number of people visiting A&E with dental problems has quadrupled in the last 2-3 years. Over 2010 to 2011 just 3,205 went to casualty with tooth pain but between 2012 and 2013 that soared to 14,526.

Unison’s head of health Christina McAnea said that many families had to cut back on their outgoings and dental appointments were one of the things to go during times of soaring bills. She told The Mirror ‘Things are bad when people neglect oral health for money reasons. This is the early sign of a major problem.’

Although dental treatment comes under the NHS it does have to be paid for at the point of service and it can cost several hundred pounds if a lot of work needs to be done. The British Dental Association warned that the practice of avoiding treatment in the short-term to save money would lead to long-term problem with dental health and Labour’s Andrew Gwynne suggested that registration was the answer, saying ‘To ease this pressure on hospitals, the Government must help patients to register with NHS dentists.’

Celebrity dentist opens new clinic in Manchester

Fri

A dentist who has treated many celebrities, including Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo, has launched the UK’s first Smylife dental clinic in Manchester city centre. Dentist to the stars Phil Broughton also plans to open further clinics throughout the UK over the next twelve months. Broughton has rebranded European clinic, The Mall, after going into partnership with Jose Alvarez, chief executive of the Smylife brand in Italy and Spain.

Broughton spoke to Manchester Evening News about the services that are on offer at the new clinic, saying ‘Smylife is a new concept for dental health combining the most advanced technology in the hands of the best professionals, with the luxury and exclusivity of an exquisite space. Modern science enables us to keep the mouth and teeth in excellent condition throughout our lives.’

As well as international footballers, Broughton has treated Manchester city players and Coronation Street stars. He added that the clinic could ‘transform the way dentistry is delivered to private patients in the UK and enable them to experience the kind of treatment celebrities now consider part of everyday life.’

The team at Smylife will be providing a range of treatments, including cosmetic work, orthodontics, and dental implants.

Sheffield supermarket to get its own dentist

Wed

Visitors to a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Sheffield can now keep up with their dental health after finishing their weekly shop; the store will run its own private dental surgery on the premises off Archer Road, Millhouses, starting from October 1st. The clinic will be open seven days a week as part of a deal with The Centre for Dentistry.

The Sheffield branch is the latest supermarket to add dental treatment to their services, with five other Sainsbury’s stores opening dental surgeries elsewhere in the UK. The expected opening hours are thought to be from 8.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 3pm Sunday, by appointment only.

The company said they are opening the clinic to meet the demand for patients who are unable to find an NHS dentist to register with in the local area, and they are hoping to encourage people to return to the dentist if they have not visited for a long time. The centre also added that many consumers are choosing to go private with their healthcare after the new NHS dental contracts were introduced.

The staff will be made up of ten professionals, including two dentists, one hygienist, and two consultant dermatologists. 

London researchers receive prize for new product that relieves toothache

Thu

A team of researchers at the University of London have won a prize for developing a new product that could bring relief to people suffering with toothache; the degradable particle enters holes in the teeth and dissolves to form vital minerals that help to rebuild the tooth – reducing pain and repairing damage from dental decay and enamel erosion.

Professor Robert Hill, team leader, was thrilled to have won the £25,000 Venture Prize for the innovation; the science award is presented by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. Prof Hill released a statement explaining how the product works, he said ‘These new particles dissolve faster than existing ones and are also softer than tooth enamel. They have a more expanded open structure and this allows water to go into the glass structure faster and the calcium and phosphate ions to come out faster.’

He also added that the money would help the team develop the research into commercial products, so that the findings can benefit the general public – specifically by beginning testing with a prototype toothpaste containing the particle.

Professor Bill Bonfield, chairman of the awarding body, said that ‘this is a hugely exciting development which could benefit millions of people not only throughout the UK and Europe but right across the world. It meets our aim to encourage innovative scientific entrepreneurship in the UK and provide funding, which is often difficult to source, to bring new materials like this to the market.’

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