Wrinkle implants may cause arthritis


Permanent cosmetic implants could cause allergic reactions such as arthritis, according to a report published in the Archives of Dermatology journal.

Doctors have reported that some patients developed problems over a year after the fillers or implants were placed.

The report said that the safety of polyalkylimide implant gels is questionable.

Dr Jaume Alljotas-Reig of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and Autonomous University of Barcelona said that both doctors and patients needed to be aware of delayed reactions.

The team examined 25 patients who had adverse reactions a year or more after having filler implants.

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Mouth cancer moves up the death league table


London: Cancer of the mouth is on the increase as a result of poor oral hygiene, according to the latest statistics issued during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week.

More than 1700 people die of mouth cancer in the UK each year – obviously the figure worldwide is far larger.

Dentyl pH®, the mouthwash experts, are providing an education grant to support this year’s British Dental Health Foundation’s – Mouth Cancer Awareness Week – 11-17th November 2007. On average mouth cancer now kills one sufferer every five hours, making it one of the fastest growing cancers.

Commenting on the need to raise awareness among the public and professionals of this little-known disease, mouth cancer, Professor Robin Seymour of Newcastle Dental School and spokesperson for Dentyl pH said: “In the UK, more than 4,750 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and 1,700 patients die of this cancer every year. Tobacco smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are the main risk factors for the development of oral cancer. Frequently these two risk factors act together.”

“Oral cancer often arises as an ulcer in any part of the mouth, with the tongue and floor of mouth being the common sites. The ulcer is often painless, although it can bleed, but most importantly it does not show signs of healing over two to three weeks. Some oral cancers also develop in white or red patches. Such patches are termed precancerous lesions, and if present they should be closely monitored for any change in size or colour.”

In summary Professor Seymour notes: “Regular dental checkups and good dental care are important factors in recognising and preventing oral cancer. Dentists, hygienists and therapists are used to examining the mouth and associated structures, and hence can recognise any abnormality. All suspicious lesions should be referred for further investigations. Patients at high risk from oral cancer, such as heavy smokers and drinkers, should always be carefully examined for, and questioned about, any lesion that may be recognised as precancerous or potentially malignant.”

This is the first year that Dentyl pH has sponsored the annual Mouth Cancer Awareness Week campaign. Dentyl pH was created as an alcohol-free mouthwash by people who care about mouths; that is, by dentists themselves. As a result, it’s very appropriate that Dentyl pH should be part of a campaign that encourages people to be more aware of their dental health. Mouth cancer is avoidable and early detection can massively increase the chances of survival.

The Dentyl pH is a clinically proven, alcohol free mouthwash. Using groundbreaking technology, Dentyl pH works like no other mouthwash. This is because it is a two-phase mouthwash, which has to be shaken before use. This action causes the essential oils and the antibacterial water phases to mix, creating a special solution, which makes the ‘bad’ bacteria and food debris adhere to the mouthwash solution. As a result, when the mouthwash is expelled from the mouth, bacteria, debris and other dental deposits are all visible in the sink, proving that Dentyl pH really works.

Details of the Mouth Cancer Awareness campaign can be found online at www.mouthcancer.org

Mouth hygiene horror facts:

In the UK we still fail to take good care of our teeth and mouths. A recent Adult Dental Health Survey found that:

* only three-quarters of adults (75%) claim to brush their teeth twice a day as recommended

* the average time spent brushing teeth is 46 seconds, far short of the recommended two minutes

* only 2-10% of people floss regularly

* around half of British adults have plaque-related periodontal disease (gum disease)

* more than half of all teenagers and three out of four adults over the age of 35 suffer from gum disease.

Bacterial plaque plays an essential causative role in gum disease, yet it can be removed easily from the teeth by brushing the teeth for two minutes, twice a day, followed by rinsing with a proven mouthwash such as Dentyl pH. Flossing is recommended once a day between brushing and rinsing.

Image professions worst at looking after teeth, says new Orbit report

London: Marketing has been named as the ‘UK’s Most Plaque Prone Profession’ according to new research from Orbit Complete sugarfree gum, which compares the daily dental, chewing, drinking and smoking habits and working lifestyles of different professions to reveal the ‘Top Five Most Plaque Prone’. Others in the top five include agriculture, transport, manufacturing and public sector.

The survey* of 1,000 Britons, reveals (10%) farmers, admit they rarely brush their teeth, with less than half (49%) brushing twice a day and a quarter (25%) never flossing. Other sectors are no better with around half of those in transport (48%) and public sector (60%) brushing their teeth twice a day and over half never flossing (transport 59% and public sector 52%). However, marketing professionals are the worst dental offenders, ranking them as Britain’s most plaque prone professionals

Marketers’ Mouths ‘No Advert’ for Healthy Teeth

Marketing people appear to be spending too much time ‘thinking outside the box’ and not enough about their teeth. Over a third (38%) never floss and 22% never use mouthwash as part of their dental regime. Even worse, entertaining clients mean that over half (54%) regularly** drink alcohol and a quarter smoke (24%) which could be detrimental to the health of their mouth and teeth.

“As this research shows, the demands and pressures on Britain’s workforce means many people have less time in their day to think about their oral health and how their busy lifestyles can affect this,” says Professor Jimmy Steele, top dentist from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.***

“It is important to remember to brush our teeth regularly to keep them clean and healthy, and chewing sugarfree gum with Xylitol, like Orbit Complete, after meals can help to reduce the build up of plaque during the day.”

Teachers and Healthcare Professionals Top of the Class

Healthcare professionals and teachers do practice what they preach when it comes to teeth, with 80% brushing their teeth twice a day. Over a third (37%) of teachers also regularly** drink a glass of milk, making them top of the class at break-time as milk is packed with calcium that helps to keep teeth strong and healthy.

Pen-Pushers Chew’se Success

Office workers are also remaining focused, brushing their teeth twice a day (79%), and taking care of themselves through a healthy diet (88%) and 27% make sure they chew sugarfree gum after meals in order to look after their teeth. Other top chewers, mindful of oral hygiene while at work include retailers (30%) and construction workers (21%).

North vs. South, Men vs. Women

The survey reveals that health habits are also influenced by geography and gender with employees in the South-East being the most regular brushers (74% brushing twice a day) and Scottish workers the least regular (59%). However, both regions recognise the benefits of sugarfree gum with 1 in 5 (20%) chewing it daily. On the other hand, women ‘get fresh’ more often than men with 72% brushing their teeth twice a day compared to 61% of men.

Dr Steele’s top 5 tips:

§ Choose your toothpaste wisely – Always make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride to help to strengthen and protect the teeth

§ Use a new toothbrush – Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the tufts have become worn or splayed

§ Make a dentist appointment – If you do not visit your dentist regularly, make an appointment -the dentist can tell you how often you should have a check-up.

§ Chew sugarfree gum with Xylitol – Chewing sugarfree gum such as Orbit Complete

has been clinically proven to help prevent the build up of plaque on teeth and to help to keep your teeth healthy, clean and fresh after meals and snacks

§ Floss and use mouthwash – To clean the areas that your brush may not be able to reach, dental floss and special brushes clean in-between your teeth. Using mouthwash can also help to freshen breath and kill bacteria.

Get a Hollywood smile in Bulgaria


Varna, Bulgaria:A radiant smile is hard to resist but the cost of whitening and veneers can be prohibitive. Now a new clinic, the Dentaprime, is offering the latest cosmetic dental treatments at a fraction of the price elsewhere.

The first three seconds decide what effect you have on another person. A naturally radiant smile is almost impossible to resist. On the other hand teeth get discoloured in the course of time, or even turn brown.

Coffee- and tea-drinkers and smokers are particularly affected. But help is at hand from professional tooth-whitening procedures, otherwise known as bleaching. The Dentaprime Dental Clinic at Varna in Bulgaria provides one of the safest and most efficient bleaching methods there is – with the most up-to-date equipment and at reasonable prices.

The idea of whitening teeth is not new. But the ultrasound bleaching system is! Analysis of a long-term study has shown that ultrasound bleaching, using the Dentaprime Clinic (QuickWhite ©) system, is the most efficient and safest professional tooth-whitening procedure to have a long-term effect. There is no change to the structure of the teeth and treatment is extremely gentle. One particular advantage is that the dentist can adjust the colour of fillings and crowns. This means that your smile is completely natural and white.

Worldwide patent
To start with, your teeth and the spaces between them get a completely professional clean. Then the dentist applies the patented QuickWhite© contact gel, depending on the condition of your teeth and the desired result. After this you relax comfortably for about 40 minutes in a specially designed chair, the KaVo Primus, manufactured in Germany. The whitening process uses ultra-sound and provides the best possible result.

DIY tooth whitening systems Adhesive whitening strips from the discount pharmacy or so-called DIY systems, are not an alternative to professional bleaching in a dental clinic. Users frequently report unsatisfactory results, even though they may have followed instructions to the letter, sometimes for weeks on end. ‘Not much white for rather a lot of money’ seems to be the general feeling.

In the Dentaprime Clinic the patented bleaching process costs about sixty per cent less than in the UK. As well as receiving treatment many patients use the opportunity to take a short holiday on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

You can obtain more information on the internet at: www.dentaprime.com

About Dentaprime

The Dentaprime Dental Clinic for implantology and cosmetic dentistry on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is among the most modern in the whole of Europe. It combines highest quality standards with significantly lower treatment costs than in Great Britain. Its seven implantation rooms and five prosthetic rooms are equipped with the most modern medical apparatus, manufactured by world market leaders KaVo. The implant systems come from Switzerland, from well-known manufacturers, Nobel Biocare and Straumann. Patients are cared for and treated by experienced and English-speaking implantologists, dental technicians and medical assistants, who have all been trained to western European standards.

A-Z of treatments


Amalgam fillings

Once a standard treatment, amalgam silver coloured fillings have now been replaced by composites to white ones.


Can improve colour of teeth by up to 70% but not stains caused by the antibiotic tetracycline or the white patches caused by demineralisation – need to use micro-abrasion. The latest treatment is laser whitening, in which a hydrogen peroxide solutions is painted onto the patients teeth and subjected to a laser that speeds up the procedure.


Tooth coloured material is stuck. Tooth is etched using a week acid to create grooves to enable the material, such as veneers (see below) to bond.


These are coverings that replace the top part of the tooth. This treatment is used when the teeth are severely decayed, factured or for cosmetic reasons. They are usually made of porcelain, with metal or glass bases.

Endodontics (root canal therapy)

This is the removal of dying or dead nerves which are replaced with a filling material, which can give a tooth an extra ten years of life.


Used to replaced lost teeth but could only be used if there was enough bone to screw in the implant made of titanium. Now however surgeons are able to graft the patients own bone into the mouth to create a base.

Light curing

This is used to harden fillings, to whiten or bleach teeth.


The process of aligning the teeth using fixed braces and in difficult cases may also involve surgery. The latest braces are ceramic.

Scaling and polishing

3-6 monthly appointments with hygenist to get rid of plaque and stains. Now use ultrasonic descalers and the air-abrader
that uses an abrasive powder to clean the teeth.


A thin layer of porcelain is bonded to the tooth. Disadvantages is that they can easily chip or even fall off and may cause damage to teeth.