March 7, 2012

Dentists Blame Bottled Water

1 Preschoolers Need Anesthesia for Cavities

Some preschoolers have so many rotten teeth they need general anesthesia to fix the problem. New York Times reports that pediatric dentists are seeing an uptick in the number of preschool-age kids who need extensive dental work. Parents often don't realize the extent of the problem because they may blame tooth pain on teething instead of cavities. Dentists may suggest using general anesthesia because young kids are unlikely to tolerate multiple fillings, root canals and other procedures. They believe preschoolers have more extensive tooth decay now because of too much snacking along with sweetened drinks given at bedtime. Dentists also blame the dental problems of preschoolers on the use of bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water, as well as not visiting the dentist at an early age.

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fluoride May Cause Spots on Teeth

Tags: Fluoridated Tap Water, Preschooler Cavities, How Young Visit Dentist, rise in preschool age kid cavities, general anesthesia for toddler cavities, teething pain may be cavity, extensive tooth decay toddlers

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To Hope Is to Cope

2 Hope Stays Alive in Face of Grim Prognosis

A study involving 80 people making decisions for loved one in the ICU shows that the prognosis, however grim, does not damper the hope and optimism that the patient will recover. The decision makers were aware that they were being given a hypothetical statement regarding prognoses that had nothing to do with their loved one. Four of them were "He will definitely survive," "He has a 90 percent chance of surviving," "He has a 5 percent chance of surviving," and "He will definitely not survive." When asked to interpret the statements they were given, 40 percent of those told that survival was 50 percent were overly optimistic compared to almost 67 percent who were told five percent. Positive prognoses were accurately interpreted, demonstrating the bias used to cope in a hopeless situation.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sleep Deprivation Increases Positive Thinking

Tags: Caregivers, Optimism, Hope, Attitude, Prognosis, Coping with Sickness and Death

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