Dr. Scott Bialik – Pediatric Dentistry

Serving Brookfield, Bethel, Ridgefield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sandy Hook, Southbury and the Greater Danbury, CT area. Also serving Carmel, Patterson, and Brewster NY

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Kids Sustain Esophageal Injuries, Burns After Swallowing Batteries, Parts From Fidget Spinners, Case Reports Find.

HealthDay (2/9) reported, “A three-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns after they swallowed button batteries from fidget spinners,” researchers found. Meanwhile, “two other case reports describe esophageal injuries suffered by children who swallowed broken fidget spinner parts, but no batteries.” Findings from these case studies were published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
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Oil Pulling, Charcoal Toothpastes Among Fads “Wreaking Havoc” On Teeth.

The Daily Mail (12/26, Thompson) lists several dental fads that dentists say are “wreaking havoc with people’s teeth.” For example, while some celebrities swear by beginning each day with a glass of hot water and lemon, dentists warn that sipping the beverage regularly could erode enamel due to its acidity. In another example, the article states that although some oil pulling advocates are endorsing the ancient practice as a way to improve oral health and whiten teeth, there is “no scientific proof” to support these claims. Similarly, “despite the recent surge in charcoal toothpastes on the market,” a dentist notes that “there is inadequate data to prove the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based oral health products.”
Dental professionals can direct their patients to MouthHealthy.org, ADA’s consumer website, for evidence-based information about teeth whitening, including information on natural teeth whitening methods. MouthHealthy.org also provides information on oil pulling, noting that “the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice.”
A literature review published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found insufficient evidence to support the efficacy claims of charcoal products.
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Children Who Spend At Least Seven Hours Per Week Using Screens May Have Triple The Risk Of Myopia, Study Suggests.

On its website, CBS News (12/27) reports researchers found that “school-aged children who spent seven hours or more a week using computers or mobile video games tripled their risk for myopia.” The findings were published in PLOS One.
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Children Who Eat Fish Once A Week May Sleep Better, May Benefit From A Higher IQ, Study Indicates.

Newsweek (12/21) reports investigators have “found that kids who ate fish once a week slept better and benefited from a higher IQ, by about four more points on average,” compared to “children who ate fish very infrequently.”
HealthDay (12/21) reports that currently, the FDA “recommends only one to two 2-ounce servings of low-mercury fish a week for children ages 4 to 7; 3 ounces for children 8 to 10; and 4 ounces for children 11 and older, Heller said.” The findings were published online in Scientific Reports.
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FDA To Review Study Testing Effectiveness Of Probiotics In Kids Taking Antibiotics.

In its “Shots” blog and on its “Morning Edition” program, NPR (12/11) reports that “some doctors...are recommending probiotics to parents of children taking antibiotics.” One study now in progress has pediatric patients on antibiotics consuming “a special yogurt” drink. Investigators “hope the new yogurt study will provide clearer evidence as to whether” probiotics help protect against “diarrhea and other complications” of antibiotics. This “is the first large, carefully designed test of a probiotic to get reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration, says” study lead author Dr. Daniel Merenstein, “director of research programs in the department of family medicine at Georgetown University.”
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