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Your child’s mouth: What’s going on in there?

Posted February 2, 2018 by

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The American Dental Association recommends what the correct dental care is and what normal dental development looks like for a child’s dental health. Although the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Dental Clinic does not treat dependents, the 355th Dental Squadron dentists, hygienists, technicians and staff are happy to answer…

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Early prevention leads to lifetime of smiles

Posted February 3, 2017 by

Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. The aim of Children’s Dental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for children. Developing good dental hygiene habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of…

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Carbon monoxide: Silent, invisible killer

Posted February 2, 2018 by

The temperature has dropped here in the Sonoran Desert making it necessary to turn on the heater. With that comes an increased risk of carbon monoxide being produced in the home. CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. It is often called the invisible killer and can have devastating affects on people. Professionals at the…

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Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

Posted July 9, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va.– Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something. When it comes to health innovation and research, it’s all about finding new solutions to improve healthcare throughout the…

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PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment

Posted June 29, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years. “Twenty…

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New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

Posted July 24, 2017 by Peter Holstein

Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted April 7, 2016 by

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored Alcohol awareness month to reduce the stigma that is often coupled with alcoholism. Founded and sponsored by the NCADD, the month reaches out to American communities across the country to spread information about alcohol, alcoholism…

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 15, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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TRICARE improves mental health care, treatment

Posted April 19, 2016 by By TRICARE Staff

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — People in distress may hesitate to reach out for help due to perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. This perception and the belief that care may be hard to get, may prevent some people who need care from getting it. TRICARE has worked hard to eliminate potential barriers…

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Breaking the stigma: Herschel Walker spotlights mental fitness to D-M Airmen

Posted October 11, 2017 by 2nd Lt. Lauren Gao

Herschel Walker, former NFL running back and Patriot Support Program spokesman, shared his experiences about leadership and mental illness with Airmen and civilians at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 4.

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