Wednesday morning briefing: Free dental checks, science and Olympic heroes

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Tooth check Check out free dental screenings starting at 2 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s Ingram Room. Information: 769-7840. Science fair Judging begins 8 a.m. Friday for Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair. It’s being held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom. Information […]

Cannon observes dental health month

By Capt Mike Hoge, D.M.D. and Staff Sgt. Stacy Groves RDH: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? […]

Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

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Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Retiree dental coverage available for purchase

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Good oral health is an important part of maintaining overall health and a military retiree’s access to dental coverage doesn’t end when they hang up their uniform. With the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, retired servicemembers can purchase affordable dental coverage for themselves and their eligible family members. The […]

Dental health tips offered

By Capt (Dr.) Mike Hoge: 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and the Cannon Dental Clinic would like to help you to ensure excellent oral health for your children. Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease? According to the National Institute of […]

Colonel selectees announced

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USAF photo: Senior Airmen James Bell Lt. Col. Michael Fulton, left, and Lt. Col. James Reineke, right, hold up colonel wings presented to them by Col. Scott Corcoran, 27th Special Operations Medical Group commander, center, who notified them of their selection to colonel at the base clinic on Dec. 2. Fulton, 27th Special Operations Aerospace […]

State raises dental care rates for Medicaid

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department has raised rates for Medicaid dental providers by 10 percent in what the department secretary says is an effort aimed at encouraging more dentists to serve lower-income New Mexicans. It’s the first increase in the rates since 1999, the department said. “This is something […]

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates

Human Services Department Increases Medicaid Dental Provider Rates Rate Increase and Other Improvements to Encourage More Dental Participation in the Medicaid Program Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department has increased Medicaid dental provider rates by ten percent, the first increase since 1999.   “This is something that had to be done […]

Tricare changes policy

Air Force News FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Tricare has implemented coverage for anesthesia services and associated costs for dental treatment for beneficiaries with developmental, mental or physical disabilities, and for children age 5 or under. The coverage began July 1. Additionally, Tricare encourages beneficiaries who received these services between Oct. 17, 2006 and July 1 […]

Med group teaches children dental health

Airman Garrett Zachry February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an event designed to help children and parents focus on the importance of oral health and promote good nutritional habits. This year dentists and dental technicians from the 27th Medical Group Dental Flight visited three Clovis schools and the Child Development Centers. The staff spoke […]

“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

New doctor recruitment method seeks to boost ranks

By Tom Philpott: Military update The number of medical students accepting Army and Navy scholarships has fallen sharply over the last two years, in part because of the mayhem in Iraq as depicted in daily news reports, say service medical leaders. A scholarship program the Army surgeon general calls “our lifeblood, over time, for recruiting […]

Making a good impression, being a dental lab tech

Sgt. Richard Reed, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, uses the tools of his trade to make sure porcelain crowns match a patients other teeth. Janet Taylor-Birkey His name is Tech. Sgt. Richard Reed, he works full time at the 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, and believes few people on base know he exists. “People who work in […]

Student profile: Micah Lansford

Micah Lansford is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of David and Debbie Lansford. What is your favorite TV show past and present? “Hang Time” and “Rocky and Bullwinkle” were my favorite shows about 10 years ago, but presently “Smallville” is most definitely the best. What do you envision your life […]

State-funded program provides oral care to area children

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Dr. O.T. Rozell, Clovis dentist of 50 years, examines Anthony Gonzales on Tuesday morning at Cameo Elementary. Gonzales, a fifth-grader, said he liked having his teeth cleaned. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer “Aguja?” Dr. O.T. Rozzell said he has heard the Spanish word for needle more times than he can […]

Dental pain always trumps weight gain

By Grant McGee I’ve been saving money to go to the dentist. It’s kind of funny. I’ll save money to go to the dentist or to get new glasses. I’ll make plans to go see those guys but I’m reluctant to go in for a medical checkup. I know what’ll happen when I go to […]

Business Digest 4/6

Qwest introduces DSL to Tucumcari High-speed Internet service, known as Qwest DSL, is now available in Tucumcari as a result of Qwest Communications International’s upgrading the local telecommunications network, according to a company news release. In 2004 the company plans to invest an additional $200 million to expand DSL across its region. With Qwest DSL, […]

Help children keep their healthy teeth

By Carol Hisel: Guest Columnist February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. In 2000, the Surgeon General of the United States published a report stating that childhood dental disease is of epidemic proportions in the nation. This is a tragedy that will affect many children into adulthood. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. By […]

Teen of the Week

Ashley Sanders is the daughter of Rick and Dorothy Sanders and is a senior at Clovis High School. What’s so great about your favorite sport? “Cheerleading is really fun to be in because I’m with my friends everyday and I love being in front of the crowds at games. People say it’s not a sport, […]

Too much flouride can stain teeth

By Gary Mitchell Most experts agree Clovis’ main water supply is low in chemicals that could cause major health problems. But it is not problem free. “The water in the Clovis area is a little high in naturally occurring fluoride. And it can do some cosmetic discoloration on teeth,” said Robin Casale, regional water quality […]