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Celebrities with Chipped Teeth

tooth with a crack retro posterWe tend to think celebrities are perfect, but they can have accidents and imperfections just like the rest of us.  Following are stories about how some famous people have ended up with a chipped tooth.

Taylor Swift chipped a tooth while on tour with her Red tour in 2013.  While performing in Pittsburgh, she brought the microphone up to her face too quickly and ended up hitting her front teeth with the microphone.  Her tooth was repaired and her smile is once again picture perfect.  Hillary Duff’s teeth also suffered an unfortunate incident with a microphone, which resulted in a chipped tooth.

Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey both had accidents as children that left them with a chipped front tooth.  Tom Cruise was hit by a hockey puck, and left with a broken tooth.  He normally wears a crown, but took the crown off for his 1983 film, The Outsiders.  Jim Carrey fell off of playground equipment in his youth.  Like Cruise, he normally wears a crown.  He took his crown off when he played the part of Lloyd Christmas in the Dumb and Dumber films.

The Voice judge, Shakira, reportedly chipped a tooth while biting into a cookie during a break from filming in 2012.  She was quite surprised to be left with a piece of tooth in her mouth!

It’s not always something as benign as eating a cookie that causes a celebrity to chip a tooth.   Florence Welch, the front woman for The Florence and The Machinechipped a tooth while partying with Kanye West and Lykke Li in City in 2012.

Katie Holmes and rapper Nas have both been photographed with chipped teeth.  Katie Holmes apparently had her chipped teeth fixed soon after the photograph came out in 2008.  Nas waited until he made money as a rapper before heading to the dentist for his perfect smile.

Jerry Rice,  thought to be one of the best players ever to play in the National Football League, chipped several teeth during his career.  He played for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Sea Hawks throughout his twenty years in the NFL.  When he was no longer on the field, he had his teeth repaired through cosmetic dental surgery.

The famous jazz trumpeter. Chet Baker,  had many chipped teeth after he was beaten while trying to buy drugs in 1968.  His mouth was so badly damaged that he had to get dentures in order to be able to continue to play the trumpet.

Rumor has it that rapper Fabolous chipped his tooth in a boxing match with fellow rapper Mase early in his career.  Another story goes that he chipped his tooth balancing a basketball.  Either way, in 2011, Fabolous had the tooth fixed, citing he was too old to have a chipped tooth as his signature look.

One celebrity went in the other direction.  In 1998, Brad Pitt had his front teeth chipped so his character, Tyler Durden, would appear more realistic in the film The Fight Club.  After filming, Brad Pitt did have his teeth fixed and his smile restored.


What does mercury free actually mean?

Natural caduceus conceptThe problem with words is that they can easily be used to hide the truth, and this is never more true when it comes to advertising. We all know that adverts are there to make a product look and sound a little better than it actually is, but sometimes we can forget that when we see something that we think must be amazing. One of the best examples of this is when a food product describes itself as ‘fat free’ or ‘sugar free’. What many people do not realise is that fat and sugar are very different things, so when a product says that it is ‘fat free’ it probably has loads of sugar in it, and when a product says that it is ‘sugar free’ it probably has loads of fat in it – which of course, they are not going to tell you.

That is why it can sometimes be so difficult to believe anything you see or hear, and why so many dentists are not believed when they describe themselves as ‘mercury free’. After all, even if they have taken all of the mercury out of their dentistry, couldn’t that just mean that they have put something else in that is just as bad? Thankfully, that is not the case. Of course, dentists have replaced mercury with other contents for their fillings to work, but those new chemicals have been proven over and over again in scientific trials that they do not harm the body. Mercury, on the other hand, has been considered a human toxin or poison for many years now.

When a dentist describes themselves as ‘mercury free’, that means that they truly care about the health of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your body – and their fillings really are free of anything dangerous.

More about mercury free dentistry at

How can you trust that your dentist is mercury free?

holisticThere are certain professions in the world that we are taught to just trust – sometimes even blindly – because they are doing a job that is both difficult, complicated, and hard to understand. No one expects to be able to understand exactly how a pilot flies a place before they check in; and no one refuses to go ahead with vital heart surgery until they can fully comprehend what the surgeon is about to do. However, that does not mean that you should ignore all of the information that you are given, and if you are given the chance to educate yourself, you should always take it. Because one of the key problems with blindly trusting a professional is that you are having to do it without any information.

Thankfully, when it comes to finding a dentist that really is mercury free, you are in luck: there are already people out there that want to help you make the right decision. There are a huge number of organizations that mercury free dentists can join, and it is up to these organizations to make sure that the dentists really and truly do not use mercury in any of their fillings. That means that they can do all of the hard work for you! All you will need to do is ensure that you look through their listings to find a mercury free dentist that is near you. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, or the IAOMT, is one of the best places to start.

Of course, you may already be with a great dentist already – but do not worry. You may not necessarily have to leave them. Just ask what their policies are on using mercury within dentistry – you may be pleasantly surprised!

For more about Mercury Freee Dentistry, visit Dr. Vinograd’s website

The simplest recipe for homemade toothpaste

BLD029665If you are thinking of creating your very own homemade toothpaste, then you are in luck: Dr Vinograd has created a scientifically proven toothpaste that is incredibly good for you without containing any horrible chemicals – and what’s more, it is ridiculously easy to make yourself. The main reason that most people decide to make their homemade toothpaste because they are concerned about all of the horrendously dangerous chemicals that are continuously put into store brand toothpaste. The ingredients in homemade toothpaste are small in number, and you will almost definitely have then already in your cupboards at home.

First things first: you will need to collect together the right amounts of the ingredients. You will need half a cup of non-hydrogenised virgin coconut oil, and two to three tablespoons of baking soda. You will need between fifteen to twenty drops of an essential oil to give it flavoring; many people prefer cinnamon or peppermint, but it is really up to you. Lastly, you’ll need Xylitol to taste, but that again is really up to how you would like your homemade toothpaste to be.

The instructions on how to make your own homemade toothpaste are really easy. You will need to soften the coconut oil with a gentle heat, and when it has melted completely you will need to just add in all of the rest of your ingredients, and mix them really well. When they are all mixed up properly, just put the mixture in a glass jar and wait until the mixture has cooled down.

And there you have it! Your very own homemade toothpaste. With each batch that you make, you may decide to try something a little different. That way you will be able to see which flavor combinations you really like.

More about recommended toothpaste recipes at

New York Dentists: Offer Botox For Therapeutic Purposes Now

Woman giving botox injections.With so much competition these days in the dental industry, it’s important to give your practice every edge possible. In New York, state Botox regulations allow dentists to administer Botox and dermal fillers as long as it’s done along with dental reconstruction. The offering of Botox as a freestanding procedure is not allowed.

We don’t offer legal or ethical advice, but this would seem to mean that New York dentists can use Botox for facial reconstruction work as well as work to improve the smile of patients with bad teeth and also to improve symptoms for those who have come to a dentist with migraines caused by TMD and similar problems that originate with the mouth and jaw.

The law is similar in West Virginia, for example, and many other states. In these cases, Botox by dentists is not allowed for solely cosmetic purposes but can be administered along with dental treatment. Exactly what this means for any particular dental practice in New York or elsewhere is a matter that requires direct research and some care to be sure you’re staying within the law and the scope of your license.

The MHRA (ie Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has a large spectrum of authority in the regulation of medical devices, medicines and therapeutic services which also covers the use of Botulinum Toxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin etc). In the USA, the administration of Botox is limited to (differs by state) physicians’ assistants, plastic surgeons, internalists, nurses, optalmologists, podiatrists, OB-Gyns, dermatologists and medical estheticians.

One thing is certain: when choosing Botox training that complies with the wide range of Botox state regulations across the United States, the best choice is Dentox. Dr. Howard Katz, the chief trainer at Dentox, is an innovator in the field of dental Botox who has treated more patients than any other dentist and trained more dentists than any other trainer.

State boards that make recommendations and malpractice insurers are among those that will likely recommend Botox training from Dentox to you. That’s because those who need training might as well get it from the first and best in the field. If you don’t choose Dentox and Dr. Howard Katz, you’re choosing a latecomer with less experience, and why would you want to do that?

For more information on how dentists can train in the use of Botox, visit