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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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Watch your Mouth ...... from Truck Driver News

                                    August 28, 2018 by Karen Bowen amd Dr. Joe Miskin from miskindental.ca                Unless you constantly sing along with the radio while alone in your rig, your closed mouth creates an excellent environment for bacterial growth. Fortunately, although your mouth is teeming with bacteria, your body’s natural defenses partnered with good oral health care can keep them at acceptable levels. However, improper oral hygiene may lead to mouth infections, tooth decay, gum disease, and general poor health.Recent studies show that your oral health gives clues about your overall health and that mouth issues may also affect other parts of your body. These studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) might increase your risk of developing some diseases, while other diseases, such as diabetes, may lower your body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.You can circumvent these issues by regularly monitoring your oral health habits – keep your teeth clean to reduce cavities, gum disease, and other related conditions. Avoid tobacco usage; eat a healthy diet; floss; limit sweet snacks between meals; and, thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.For

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All About Implants

From the offices of:Miskin Dental3 Harwood Ave SAjax, ON L1S 2C1(905) 686-4343drjoemiskin.com           andThe Academy of General Dentistry What Is a Dental Implant?A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighbouring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth. Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone. How do they work? Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth. Can anyone receive dental implants? Talk with your dentist about whether you are an implant candidate. You must be in good health and have the

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Can a high-tech toothbrush improve teens' oral health?

By Lori Roniger, DrBicuspid.com andDr. Joe MIskin,   Drjoemiskin.com  Ajax, 905-686-4343    August 20, 2018 -- How can you get adolescents to brush longer and more effectively? Using an interactive power toothbrush connected to a smartphone could improve oral health habits and reduce plaque levels in this finicky population, according to a new study.Researchers compared plaque levels in adolescents instructed to brush as usual, with additional time in areas needing more care, using either a manual or an interactive power toothbrush that connects to a smartphone. They found that plaque levels dropped and brushing time increased with the use of an interactive power toothbrush compared with a manual toothbrush."An interactive power toothbrush with Bluetooth technology appears to appeal to technology-savvy adolescents, producing increases in brushing efficacy, duration, and compliance among this vulnerable population," Maintaining their interestMany adolescents don't follow toothbrushing recommendations, previous studies have found. Additionally, this demographic may experience higher levels of plaque formation due to their consumption of carbohydrate-dense snacks and sugar-containing drinks, as well as the difficulty of removing plaque when undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment.Since power toothbrushes have demonstrated better plaque removal than manual toothbrushes, the current study examined whether brushing with an interactive power toothbrush with Bluetooth connectivity

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