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According to arecent study by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), as many as 500,000 patients may have been incorrectly told they did not qualify for NHS Dental service.

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Floss your way to Freedom

We’ve previously covered the vast array of uses for endlessly practical dental floss, but it seems a rather unexpected portion of the population has found yet another clever use for the stuff.

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Rotten milk

In a less publicised end of the economic downturn, Birmingham dentists reveal the growing problem of infected milk teeth.Milk teeth, the term used to describe the first set of teeth which aid the development of the jaw and facial muscles for adulthood, should start being replaced naturally by age 6 or 7. But dentists have begun to see irredeemably infected teeth in children as young as two and a half.

“It’s to do with the economy. Parents buy cheaper foods that are higher in sugar content so children have a poor diet,” says Eddie Crouch, Secretary for the Birmingham Local Dental Committee...

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Tooth Whitening Regulations Too Lax?

In May of 2011, a new and more restrictive approach was adopted by medical professionals and the courts regarding the nature of tooth whitening and how it should be classified. Until recently, you did not need to be a registered medical professional to administer tooth whitening procedures. This led to plenty of malpractice issues, and horror stories from patients of bad experiences and insufficient care, ranging from the inadequate to the just plain obscene.

New regulations would require any and all tooth whitening procedures to be performed by a dentist, a dental assistant, or a hygienist, ie a qualified medical professional...

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Veneers help make fuller lips

A cosmetic dentist has revealed an interesting side effect of dental veneers, and also exposed one of the rare moments in medical history when a side effect is actually beneficial. The AACD (American Association of Cosmetic Dentists) has explicitly stated that the use of porcelain veneers, which are a thin layer of porcelain placed over your original teeth, can make your lips appear fuller and more sumptuous.

This revelation came after many patients started seeking veneers who did not necessarily need them, and the patients said that the reason was the beneficial effects the treatment had on lip appearance....

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