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Why do our kids have tooth decay?

Why do our kids have tooth decay?By Alvin Danenberg, DDS and Dr. Joe Miskin of Miskin Dental updating December 12, 2018 -- Our kids have tooth decay not because they're deficient in fluoride.Our kids have bleeding gums not because they don't brush and floss twice a day.The primary reasons our kids have tooth decay and gum disease are because their nutrition is deficient, their drinks are acidic and sugary, their healthy gut bacteria are compromised, and their lifestyles are sedentary.These deficiencies also manifest in childhood as obesity, high blood pressure, depression, skin eruptions, allergies, and a host of other diseases. Improper nutrition and lifestyles early in life sow the seeds for many of the degenerative diseases that plague us later in life.4 behaviorsWhen it comes to avoiding tooth decay and taking care of oral health, brushing and flossing are important, but four other behaviors are just as important.I tell my patients that having healthy bacteria in the gut promotes healthy bacteria in their saliva, which allows for normal function in the mouth. This also assists in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.I remind my patients and their parents to avoid refined carbohydrates. Avoiding these can help prevent the proliferation of unhealthy
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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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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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Oral Cancer

ALL  ABOUT ORAL CANCER     by MiskinDental.ca, located in Ajax If you are a non-smoker or a non-drinker, you might think your chances of getting oral cancer are almost negligible. Sadly, you could be wrong.According to a Harvard Medicine Health Blog, oropharyngeal cancers caused by smoking and drinking are on a decline, while those caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) are quickly rising.HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer, particularly in the tonsils, back of the throat and base of the tongue. Typically, it affects generally healthy, non-smokers between the ages of 35 and 55. Men are four times more likely to be affected than women.HPV is a group of over 100 strains of a virus, many of which are harmless.  It is estimated that approximately 1,200 people in Canada between the ages of 15 and 24 are infected with HPV every single day.For most, exposure to HPV is harmless. A person with HPV may not even know they have it since many don’t experience any unusual signs or symptoms.  Due to a lack of symptoms, the virus can lay dormant for years, going unnoticed, until it develops into something more serious.It is estimated that 7% of people

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