We now have an automated program to remind you of upcoming appointments.
You will receive an initial message, either by text or by email (or both if we have you're your updated information). PLEASE REMEMBER YOU CAN GET BOTH.
When you receive the initial text message you will be asked to reply with a "Y" to accept the text messaging reminders of your appointments. (We ask you to reply to this text to confirm you want the texts from our office. Please reply with a Y-for yes and N-for no. Some people still pay for incoming and or outgoing texting. So we don't want to burden you with texts if this would be a financial issue.
Once you have replied to this text you will receive a "Welcome Message". When you have an appointment booked in advance (like your check up appointment, we normally book those 6-9 months in advance), you will be sent a 2 week reminder of the upcoming appointment. This is a friendly reminder and does not require you to respond. But we would appreciate it if you would. We do this as a courtesy just in case your schedule has changed and you will need to re-schedule your appointment with our office. It's a WIN-WIN for both you and our office and who really knows what you are doing 6 or even 9 months ahead of time.
Then a confirmation text will be sent to you three (working days) prior to your appointment. When this notification comes in then we would appreciate it if you replied with a "C" to confirm your appointment and that would prevent unnecessary phone calls to you to confirm the appointment. Although this three-day notification is also a courtesy, we would like you to respond to us in one form or another, wether by text or email.
Emails work in the same general idea as texting but we do not ask that you respond to the initial email as no one is usually billed for incoming or outgoing emails. This is usually included as part of your internet account by your provider.
Our computer automatically adds both text and emails to the call list. If you do not want to receive one of these let us know by return message (either the text or email) and we will be happy to remove that option for you. This option is also available when receiving messages from us.
If you get both of these and don't respond we will then try to call you. This new system will make it easier for both of us to communicate with each other and at a more convenient time.
With this system here is what we are trying to avoid? simply, we are trying to avoid missed calls. Wether because you are not home or because someone inadvertently erased a message meant for someone else. Maybe you were driving when you got that friendly reminder and you didn't have your handsfree device with you and with this system you can text us back when you stop driving. Maybe your email is a shared account and someone opened it and forgot to tell you about it. Either way this will make things easier for all of us.To ensure that you are getting the notifications from our office, please notify us if any of your contact information changes, like any of the following:
Please note that appointments times are booked at a time that is convenient for both you and our office. If you make the appointment and do not respond to our text or emails, it does not mean that your appointment has been cancelled.
Our computer defaults to sending out friendly reminders, if we haven't seen you for a while, as well as a birthday wish, a "Thank You" note from our office as well as well as the reminders about already booked appointments.
66837 MEANS its from our office. If you have Dr. Barzilay as one of your contacts just add the 66837 as one of his phone numbers and the next time you get a text from us it should say Dr. Barzilay.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING WITH SOME FAMILIES is texting the kids of upcoming appointments and email the parents, so BOTH of you are getting the reminders. Please let us know that this is what you would like to do, as we have to set this up manually.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has been asked to provide its expertise and advice to Medical Officers of Health on the value of water fluoridation.
The practice of water fluoridation is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. More than 90 national and international professional health organizations including Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Medical Association , the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have endorsed the use of fluoride at recommended levels to prevent tooth decay.
The use of fluoride in drinking water is a safe, effective, economical means of preventing dental caries. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented:
Fluoride additives themselves are required to meet rigorous standards of quality and purity before they can be used. When they are added to water at levels recommended in Ontario and across the country, studies have determined that fluoride is not harmful.
It is important to note that credible scientific organizations and associations continue to review the evidence and assess the benefits and potential risks of fluoridation. Their reports are publicly available and constitute the basis for the continuing support of water fluoridation. The most recent review has been conducted by Health Canada. In 2007, a Health Canada-appointed panel of experts concluded that there is no detrimental risk to the health of Canadians from fluoridation of community drinking water at the current recommended levels. The panel found that it remains an effective public health intervention to reduce the prevalence of dental caries.
The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, one that is highly preventable. According to sound research, fluoridated drinking water greatly reduces the number of cavities in children's teeth, which contributes to their healthy development.
Therefore, we find no reason for Ontarians to avoid drinking fluoridated water at the recommended levels in Ontario's drinking water. Through Ontario's Child Health Program, boards of health are required to monitor the level of fluoride in water supplies where fluoride is added, and to notify the community when the level of fluoride falls outside the therapeutic level for an extended period of time.
As you know, the decision to fluoridate local drinking water is made by each municipality in consultation with local residents. It is an effective public measure that reduces inequalities in health. It helps to contain the costs of health care in Ontario. It benefits all residents in a community, and for these reasons we fully expect that this important practice will continue for many years to come so that Ontarians can enjoy lasting health benefits.
It is often difficult to communicate the information about this well-studied intervention amid misinformation and controversy generated by misinterpretation of data and study results. We are attaching a series of Q's and A's and a list of website references on related scientific studies and other areas of research and information that we hope you will find useful.
In my capacity as CMOH for the Province of Ontario and with the support of the Ministry of Health Promotion, my office will continue to monitor this issue and review the information as provided by the scientific reviews.
"The use of fluoride for the prevention of dental cavities is endorsed by over 90 national and international professional health organizations including Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States and the World Health Organization.
"Fluorides protect tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay. Many studies have shown that fluoridated drinking water greatly reduces the number of cavities in children's teeth. Fluoride is used in many communities across Canada, spanning most provinces and territories. About 40 percent of Canadians receive fluoridated water."Findings and Recommendations of Health Canada's Fluoride Expert Panel (January, 2007)
"The current Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC) of 1.5 mg/L of fluoride in drinking water is unlikely to cause adverse health effects, including cancer, bone fracture, immunotoxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity, genotoxicity, and/or neurotoxicity?Under modern conditions of exposure, Heller et al. (1997) concluded that 0.7 mg/L of fluoride in drinking water provides a suitable trade off between the risk of dental fluorosis and the protective effect against dental caries?From a health perspective, there is no reason to be concerned about the actual prevalence of very mild and mild dental fluorosis in Canada. In addition, the actual prevalence of moderate dental fluorosis in Canada is low, and all evidence suggests that since 1996 there has been an overall decreasing trend of dental fluorosis in Canada?Community drinking water fluoridation is still an effective public health method to reduce the prevalence of dental caries in the Canadian population."Health Canada - Chief Dental Officer's letter on water fluoridation
"The big advantage of water fluoridation is that it benefits all residents in a community, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, education, or employment. Health Canada continues to support water fluoridation as a safe, cost effective public health measure, and encourages Canadians to review respected and credible sources of information to reach their own conclusions about water fluoridation."The Canadian Dental Association
List of commonly asked questions about fluoride with answers in lay language.National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. 1999:
"Water Fluoridation at optimal levels continues to provide significant benefits in the prevention of dental caries for both deciduous (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth. It remains the most effective means of achieving community-wide exposure to the caries preventive effects of fluoride and should remain unchanged."National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. 2007: The Efficacy and Safety of Fluoridation is a report on the review of the latest scientific evidence in relation to fluoride and health."
The existing body of evidence strongly suggests that water fluoridation is beneficial at reducing dental caries."
"Community Water Fluoridation 'is 'safe and effective in preventing 'dental caries "in 'both children and adults. Water fluoridation benefits all residents serviced by community water supplies regardless of their social or economic status
"Fluoridation of drinking water supplies does reduce caries prevalence, both as measured by the portion of children who are caries free and by the mean change in deft/DMFT Score." The deft Score determines the dental caries status for primary teeth decayed. (d= decayed, e = extracted due to caries, f = filled t = teeth)
"Fluoride has contributed profoundly to the improved dental health of persons in the United States and other countries. Fluoride is needed regularly throughout life to protect teeth against tooth decay. To ensure additional gains in oral health, water fluoridation should be extended to additional communities."
"Water fluoridation has been very effective in improving the oral health of the Irish population, especially of children, but also of adults and the elderly" ...."The prevalence of dental decay is approximately 30-50% lower in fluoridated areas of the Republic of Ireland compared with non fluoridated areas in Northern Ireland."
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