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Broken teeth and bruises: dentists in unique position to spot domestic abuse

Dentists are likely to see domestic violence By Liam Britten, CBC News reposted by Miskin Dental Ajax ON 905-686-4343Dentists see domestic violence more intimately than  people.To them, domestic violence can be loosened, fractured teeth, ripped flesh in the mouth, fingertip-shaped bruising and blood vessel damage on the neck caused by strangulation.Dentists see these details from centimetres away and a Vancouver prosecutor and anti-domestic violence campaigner says that could potentially save a victim.Diagnosing domestic violence: N.L. surgeons learn how to spot the signs"Dentists are really in a superb position," said Jocelyn Coupal, a 59-year-old prosecutor who lives and works in Vancouver."A dentist is already examining their patients' head and mouth and face. They know what they're looking at if you train them to understand that those are injuries caused by intimate partner violence."In addition to her work as a Crown counsel, Coupal has spent decades speaking to packed conferences and seminars, describing to dentists and other health professionals what domestic violence looks like and how they can stop it.Windsor hairstylists learn to spot signs of domestic abuseShe believes dentists have the best chance of spotting and perhaps ending abuse, and wants them to adjust their practices and improve professional education to make

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More Evidence of Link Between Severe Gum Disease and Cancer Risk

In largest study to date using dental exams, severe periodontitis associated with 24 percent increased cancer riskBy   and Dr. Joe Miskin, Ajax, ON| January 17, 2018Data collected during a long-term health study provides additional evidence for a link between increased risk of cancer in individuals with advanced gum disease, according to a new collaborative study led by epidemiologists Dominique Michaud at Tufts University School of Medicine and Elizabeth Platz of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center.The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, used data from comprehensive dental exams performed on 7,466 participants from Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, and North Carolina, as part of their participation in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study who were then followed from the late 1990s until 2012. During the follow-up period, 1,648 new cancer cases were diagnosed.The research team found a 24 percent increase in the risk of developing cancer among participants with severe periodontitis, compared to those with mild to no periodontitis at baseline. Among patients who had no teeth—which can be a sign of severe periodontitis—the increase in risk was 28 percent. The highest risk was observed in cases

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'I have a pink diamond in my tooth'

Drake laughs off dental hygiene criticism: 'I have a pink diamond in my tooth'   Rapper Drake looks on prior to the International Champions Cup soccer match between Manchester City against Manchester United at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Rapper Drake has laughed off criticism about his dental hygiene, insisting a spec on his tooth in a recent photo was actually a pink diamond. The Hotline Bling hit maker posted a series of images from a night out on Instagram early on Friday, but one snap, in which he was featured smiling with an open mouth as he hugged a pal, caught the attention of a follower, who called Drake out for apparently missing a spot of food or other substance pictured on his front tooth.     “Lmao (laughing my a– off) all that money and ur (sic) teeth don’t look clean,” the Internet troll wrote.   The hip-hop star quickly responded to the detractor, making it clear he takes good care of his grill, even revealing he’s jumped on the trend of using activated charcoal as a natural teeth whitener. “I have a pink diamond in my tooth,” he replied. “I brush with activated

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Coming soon
A technology to watch in the coming years is Telemedicine or if you prefer Teledentistry. That is the use of remote sensing and communications tools to provide medical and dental services from a distant location. We are already doing this in a limited fashion. For example, digital radiographs can easily be sent to a radiologist anywhere in the world for evaluation and diagnosis. We now take this for granted but it was not that long ago that radiographs were on film and the radiologist had have them in his/her hand in order to see and evaluate them.In a recent survey 33% of physicians planned to adopt telemedicine in the next year.Rapidly developing DIY diagnostics using smart phones and linked sensors like the Fitbit are growing more sophisticated every day. Physicians have used smart watch data to diagnose heart problems that may have saved patient’s lives. Patients can already take smart phone photos and send them to their dentist for diagnosis using an app called OralEye.We are using telemedicine with sleep patients. The diagnosis of OSA needs to come from a physician. Rather than send the patient off to another office, waiting weeks for a result, or worse yet never
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Decay in Prehistoric Bears

include black Some 3.5 million years ago the bear they call Protarctos abstrusus lived in a warm, wet habitat on Ellesmere Island in today’s Nunavut. The bear was previously known only from one fossil tooth found in Idaho. But in the Arcyic Rybczynski, a paleobiologist from the Canadian Museum of Nature, found most of a skull, a large part of the skeleton, and the lower jaw of a second bear.The whole thing was mummified, she says — preserved in a frozen peat deposit, though not acidic so the bones did not dissolve. Researchers have been searching the site for 20 years.And the specimen is a close relative to the ancestor of all modern bears (except pandas). It’s about the size of a black bear in our own region, or a little smaller.But it has cavities, likely a result of eating sugary berries. Modern bears also eat wild berries and apples, especially when they are fattening up to prepare for hibernation.Views of the lower cheek teeth and jaws of proarctos bear from 3.5 million years ago.Views of the lower cheek teeth and jaws of proarctos bear from 3.5 million years ago. MUSEUM OF NATUREIn a sense, cavities shouldn’t be there. They raise the question of why a bear was not better adapted to eating the normal, natural diet

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