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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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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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Province quickly reverses course on children's dental cleanings

Province quickly reverses course on children's dental cleaningsEarlier this month, the province of Nova Scotia said it would remove coverage for 'minor scaling'Shaina Luck · CBC News · Dr. Joe Miskin Ajax, ON drjoemiskin.comPosted: Jul 26, 2018 12:57 PM AT | Last Updated: July 2Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday the government will reverse a decision on MSI coverage for scaling for children under 15. (Craig Paisley/CBC)The Nova Scotia government has quickly reversed a decision earlier this month that removed a type of dental cleaning coverage from thousands of families with young children. On July 12, the Department of Health and Wellness sent out an update to dentists saying it was immediately removing MSI coverage for "minor scaling" and polishing for children under the age of 15.Scaling is done to scrape off plaque and tartar containing bacteria that is harmful to gums. Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday he was unaware of the update on scaling until that morning. He blamed bureaucrats and said the decision will be reversed."They were attempting to make a clarification on a policy, that if you look across the country no other place was covering this as well. But that's not their decision. That's a decision for government, and that's a decision that comes to my

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