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Rise of fluoride-free toothpaste has dentists concerned

Jeff Donn, The Associated Press Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 9:30AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, August 7, 2018 1:38PM EDT - By drjoemiskin.com Ajax, OntarioDental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient -- fluoride -- and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from "natural" toothpaste marketers and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities.Dental authorities disagree.That view was underscored this week by an article in the dental journal Gerodontology that reviewed the scientific literature on cavities. Its primary conclusion is that, without fluoride, oral hygiene efforts have "no impact" on cavity rates.The idea that just brushing teeth doesn't stop cavities has largely been accepted among individual researchers for decades, but not always by the public. Dentists generally recommend fluoride for cavity fighting, but even some of them continue to believe that the mechanics of wiping your teeth clean of plaque also reduces cavities. The review findings, published Monday, gave pause to at least one dentist."It violates certain principles we've been taught and that we teach and that we believe," said

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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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Barrette forces Quebec's dental surgeons to remain in public plan

From Dr. Joe Miskin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.CTV Montreal Published Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:21AM EDT Last Updated Friday, July 27, 2018 7:27AM EDTThe Quebec government will force dentists to stay in the public system after they threatened to leave and not provide free services to children under 10 and those who receive social assistance.This comes after a day of dueling between the two sides as dental surgeons followed through on threats Thursday morning, withdrawing from the public dental plan.The president of the Association of Dental Surgeons of Quebec, Serge Langlois, filed the paperwork at 10 a.m., notifying the province of the union’s plans. Langlois met with media afterwards, presenting written testimony from 2,000 dentists who said they were ready to leave the public system should a contract not be reached soon.PHOTOSDentist Works on TeethLanglois said the tactic is necessary to show their intense displeasure with the government's latest offer."Our patients understand the dentists in this situation," he said. "They know we work hard when we treat children."Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette pushed back in the afternoon, saying it wasn’t going to happen.“We have the means to sign a decree at the government preventing that from happening, and the decree has already been signed,” he

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Triclosan in toothpaste and 2000 other consumer products may increase colon cancer

By Tony Edwards, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief and Dr. Joe Miskin, Ajax at Miskin DentalJune 8, 2018 -- The effects of triclosan on human health should be urgently re-examined, according to the authors of a new preclinical study that found the chemical might increase the risk of colon cancer and other harmful consequences.A low dose of triclosan exacerbated colitis-associated colon cancer and had other harmful effects in mice, according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts. They recommended that further research is needed to establish science-based policies for the regulation of this antimicrobial compound in consumer products. The study was published May 30 in Science Translational Medicine."These results, for the first time, suggest that triclosan could have adverse effects on gut health," senior author Guodong Zhang, PhD, said in a release from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Zhang is an assistant professor in the department of food science.Antimicrobial additiveTriclosan is used as an antimicrobial additive in more than 2,000 consumer products, such as toothpastes, cosmetics, clothes, kitchenware, and toys. Some toothpastes contain 3,000 parts per million (ppm) of the chemical, according to the researchers.Because of its ubiquity, exposure to triclosan is practically unavoidable in the U.S., but little is known about

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Toothy squirrel saved

Toothy squirrel saved when Alberta rancher trims themBucky the squirrel had sprouted some bad teeth that threatened his survivalWallis Snowdon and drjoemiskin.comBucky's teeth had grown so long they curled out of his mouth and around his cheeks. (Jannet Talbott/Facebook)A toothy squirrel named Bucky is once again fattening up on nuts after an Alberta woman trimmed his tusks.When Jannet Lee Talbott spotted the critter on the backyard bird feeder at her Barrhead horse ranch earlier this week, she couldn't believe her eyes.The squirrel's teeth had grown so long they curled out of his mouth and around his cheeks. "I saw this squirrel with this huge tooth coming out his mouth and it curled right around and it was dangerously close to its eye," said Talbot,. "And I thought, 'Oh my gosh. That's not good. I'm going to trap this guy and get that tooth fixed for him.'"'He couldn't live much longer'Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously throughout their lives. The teeth wear down naturally from the constant gnawing on nuts and bark.But if the front incisors become damaged or uneven, the squirrel will struggle to keep them ground down and may develop huge fangs."He couldn't live much longer the way he was because

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