Health Matters: Dental warning over tongue studs

"Playing" with a pierced tongue stud could lead to a gap between the front teeth – according to a new study.

The research, which was carried out at the University of Buffalo in New York, suggested that tongue piercings could be a major cause of unnecessary orthodontic issues.

The report claims that those with tongue piercings were likely to push the metal stud up against their teeth and consequently cause gaps and other problems to arise.

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Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said the study highlighted the risks that tongue piercings have on oral health.

The National Dental Helpline, which offers free impartial advice to the public on all dental health issues, can be contacted on 0845 063 1188 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, they can be contacted by email on [email protected].

Tim is top graduate

Tim Brown, a Lloydspharmacy pre-registration graduate working at the Fenton Road pharmacy in Rotherham, has been awarded Pre-Registration Graduate of the Year at the Lloydspharmacy Pre-Registration Ball.

Tim was presented with the award after being nominated by other graduates on the Lloydspharmacy pre-registration training programme for his particularly outstanding work.

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Tim and his fellow successful graduates will now take up positions as relief pharmacy managers and pharmacy managers at one of Lloydspharmacy's 1,650 pharmacies across the UK.

Step out in aid of charity

Treat yourself, family, friends and colleagues to an evening of fun at Bolton Abbey and raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The evening on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 29 comprises of a 10km sponsored walk along the banks of the River Wharfe, returning to the start point where you can relax with your picnic, or buy food or drink on the night and listen to a great party band, Mirage, from Leeds, with the evening culminating with fireworks.

Community fundraiser for West Yorkshire, Claire Priestwood said, "This event is in honour of our Marie Curie Nurses who provide high quality care to people at the end of their lives allowing people to choose, if they so wish, to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own homes, surrounded by the people they love. They also give invaluable support to carers and families at what is a most difficult time. This service is provided free of charge."

For more information or an entry form, call 0113 214 7906 or email claire.priestwood or visit www.

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