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Reduced Dental for Children in Nova Scotia starts at the end of January

  Changes to children’s dental program could be ready for early 2019N.S. Health Minister Randy Delorey says people shouldn't fear reduced services Michael Gorman · CBC News · Posted: Nov 21, 2018 4:47 PM AT | Last Updated: November 22 by Dr. Joe Miskin of Miskin Dental in Ajax 905-686-4343. MiskinDental.ca  /var/folders/n5/4jpfr18n5314s1p50ssmq6ch0000gn/T/com.microsoft.Word/WebArchiveCopyPasteTempFiles/randy-delorey.jpgHealth Minister Randy Delorey says pending changes to the children's oral health program will not lead to reduced services. (CBC)Changes are expected to Nova Scotia's oral health program for children by the end of January.Health Minister Randy Delorey said Wednesday proposed regulatory changes, reached following talks between his department and officials with the Nova Scotia Dental Association, will go to cabinet for approval before the end of 2018.Delorey wouldn't detail the changes, but said in an interview any concerns they will result in reduced coverage are unfounded."The changes that are coming forward are positive, incremental improvements to the program," he said Calls for program changesDentists in the province have called for changes to the program, which provides basic dental care for kids up to 14, for some time.As past governments sought to expand care to more age groups, the dental association cautioned the program wasn't being used in the most effective way.The group said services should be focused on those who need them the

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Calgary's drinking water

CTV October 27, 2018 6:33PM MDT Updated Sunday Oct 28, 2018 by Dr. Joe Miskin, Miskindental.caDozens of concerned Calgarians gathered on Saturday afternoon for a discussion about the pros and cons of adding fluoride back into the city’s water system.The city stopped the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water back in 2011 because the government stated that any advantage fluoridated water has would be negligible because of the widespread use of toothpaste and mouthwash.However, opponents to the idea of taking fluoride out of drinking water say that it’s put many lower income Calgarians and children at risk of tooth decay.Wendy Street-Wadey, a general dentist, said that they wanted to hold a public forum to help spread awareness about some of the benefits of fluoridation that have now been lost.“We asked the people we thought who are experts in the medical field to talk about their area of specialty to read the literature and come to their expert conclusion as to whether community water fluoridation was safe and effective.”She says that it’s important to have fluoride in water because many health organizations support the measure.“Presently we do have naturally occurring fluoride in our water in Calgary, it fluctuates between 0.1

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***SPAM*** Dental records identify WWII Soldier

More than 70 years later, an unknown soldier comes homePrinted by Dr. Joe Miskin at miskindental.ca The Canadian Press FacebookTwitterMoreWASHINGTON — Gerard Murphy never met his uncle Richard. But the Potomac, Maryland, native grew up hearing stories of the former journalist who enlisted in the Marines during World War II and disappeared during the June 15, 1944, amphibious assault on the Pacific island of Saipan."This was a mystery in our family for basically my entire life," said Gerard Murphy, a lawyer. "It's bad enough to lose someone in a war. Having them missing in action is an added burden and grief to carry."That all changed in 2015, when Gerard Murphy was contacted by Ted Darcy, an independent researcher specializing in identifying World War II-era military remains. Darcy, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant, believed he had made a match between Richard Murphy's dental records and the remains of an unidentified Saipan casualty buried in the Philippines as unknown soldier X-15.Three years and many steps later Richard Murphy's remains are finally coming home. Darcy's efforts resulted in the military disinterring the remains in the X-15 grave and bringing them to Hawaii for genetic testing. Gerard Murphy and one of his cousins provided DNA

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Dental equipment stolen from Vancouver Island charity

Dental equipment stolen from Vancouver Island charityPosted By:Dr. Joe Miskin of Miskin Dental Ajax and Kendall Hansonon: October 03, 2018In: CHEKNewsWATCH: The head of a Vancouver Island charity is appealing for help after thieves stole some expensive dental equipment. It happened this past weekend in Nanaimo. The charity provides dental care to remote parts of Vancouver Island and the theft comes less than two weeks before the equipment was going to be used during an upcoming trip. Kendall Hanson reports.She normally works in Nanaimo but each year, as part of the charity she founded, she also goes to remote parts of Vancouver Island to help people who don’t have access to or can’t afford dental care.“And I take volunteers with me when I can so it’s a growing program that’s been really successful and really well received by the communities,” said Cooper, president of the Share A Smile Society. “They look forward to us coming every yearBut this fall’s trip was put in jeopardy.“At some point in time from 9 o’clock in the morning Saturday until when I discovered the loss on Sunday morning, it went missing,” said Cooper.Last weekend much of the charity’s dental equipment

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Texas prisons often deny dentures to inmates with no teeth

AP and Miskin Dental Ajax 905-686-4343HOUSTON — Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn’t a medical necessity because they can eat blended food.Texas prisons’ medical providers approved 71 dentures to a state inmate population of more than 149,000 in 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported. It’s a sharp decline from 15 years ago, when more than 1,000 dental prosthetics were approved.California, the next-largest prison population, has given nearly six times as many dentures as Texas in the past decade, despite the Lone Star State having nearly 19,000 more inmates than the Golden State. California’s prison system provided more than 4,800 dental prosthetics in 2016, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data.Many Texas inmates are in need because they’re elderly, have a history of drug use or came from impoverished backgrounds with subpar dental care.But state policy has strict guidelines saying that inmates can’t get dentures unless they’re underweight or suffering from other medical complications. The policy recommends that inmates with fewer than seven teeth undergo reviews for dentures, but there usually needs to be additional health issues to merit serious consideration for the few dental prosthetics doled out each

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