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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Farsightedness May Affect Young Children’s Academic Performance, Study Suggests.

HealthDay (10/17) reports researchers found that “farsightedness affects young children’s ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom.” The findings were published in Optometry and Vision Science.
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Pediatric Patients Using Antidepressants May Have An Elevated Risk For T2D, Study Indicates.

Medscape (10/17) reports, “Pediatric patients who use antidepressants may have an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes [T2D],” researchers concluded after conducting a “retrospective cohort study of more than 119,000 youths five to 20 years of age.” In fact, “the risk for incident” T2D “was nearly twice as high among current users of certain types of antidepressants as among former users,” the study revealed. The findings were published online Oct. 16 in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Factors To Consider When Deciding On Private Dental Coverage.

In a broader piece discussing factors to consider when deciding whether to enroll in insurance policies beyond health insurance, Mic (10/10, Rakoczy) states that selecting employer-offered dental coverage, for example, is generally “an easy choice” since it can cost “as low as a few dollars a month.” When deciding whether to purchase private dental coverage, the article recommends people weigh the cost of coverage and the cap on yearly payouts with the anticipated dental care needed.
For additional information on dental benefits, visit the Center for Professional Success. MouthHealthy.org provides a guide to finding and paying for dental care, listing factors to consider when determining if purchasing a dental benefit plan will save money on dental care costs
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No Scientific Evidence To Support Benefits Of Oil Pulling.

SELF Magazine (10/6, Miller) states that although many celebrities are endorsing oil pulling as a way to improve oral health and whiten teeth, there is “no scientific evidence” to support these claims. The article links to the American Dental Association’s Science in the News article on the practice, which states: “Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities.”
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on oil pulling.
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Special Needs Children Should Visit ADA Member Dentists With Experience Providing Special Care.

The Orange County (CA) Register (9/8) reported that regular trips to the dentist “are just as important as regular trips to the [physician], but they can be a little more intimidating for some people.” Getting kids to love going to the dentist “can be a challenge...but what if you have a child who requires special care because of a developmental disability?” The piece explained the importance for parents “to be aware of the risks if regular dental care is neglected, as children with special needs are predisposed to oral conditions.” Any dentist you see “should be a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and should be actively caring for special needs children in their practice.”
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