A high sugar diet during the breastfeeding period can delay cognitive development in infants.
This is according to a new study carried out at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The research suggests that mothers who consume sugary beverages after giving birth risk exposing their newborns to the sugars through their breastmilk.
Consequently, it can lead to poorer cognitive development in infants nearly two years later.
Increased sugar exposure
Published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study looked at 88 participants who all consumed sugary juices and beverages each day during the first month of breastfeeding.
They were assessed using the Bayley-III Scales of Infant Development when they reached two years of age.
Participants who reported greater consumption of sugary drinks had children with lower cognitive development scores. Researchers suggest that exposure to the sugar levels could interfere with brain development.
With the popularity of orthodontics growing following lockdown, Arnold Gangaidzo explains how to keep your patients happy.
Patients want their orthodontic experience to be clear, exciting and personal.
Once a patient feels valued, they will trust you as their clinician. And in some cases reward you with reviews and referrals.
In the same week of writing this article, I saw a lady to review her orthodontic treatment. She was eager to tell me about the positive responses she received from her family and friends in Portugal. She says this was ‘one of the best decisions’ she had made.
The time and investment into her smile was worth it and she was clearly delighted.
Delighting patients is key in order to develop a growing list of orthodontic patients. Here are some ways I find useful to delight my patients.
‘A benchmark of 15 to 30 minutes’ – this is the new fallow time recommendation endorsed by the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK.
In its updated guidance, the FGDP(UK) and the College of General Dentistry amended its fallow time advice.
This follows the publication of a review on AGPs by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP). It argues that not all AGPs carry equal risk, suggesting fallow time is calculated using a multifactorial approach. As a result, times range from 10 to 30 minutes.
Currently, Public Health England (PHE) recommends a fallow period of 60 minutes if less than 10 air changes take place per hour following an AGP.
‘Our revised guidance incorporates the fallow time recommendations arising from SDCEP’s thorough review of evidence on the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dentistry,’ said Onkar Dhanoya, vice dean of FGDP(UK).
Sanaa Kader discusses her hobbies away from dentistry and why it is important to make the most of each day.
Please introduce yourself
My name is Sanaa Kader. I am the principal dentist of a mixed three surgery practice in Leeds. I am also an educational supervisor for the West Yorkshire Dental Foundation Training Scheme.
What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?
I am a mother and wife, so most of my spare time is spent with my family. We enjoy the simple things in life, such as cooking, visiting family (not during COVID of course), enjoying getting outdoors and exploring all the natural beauty on our doorstep.
Are you a foodie? Why and what particular food do you go for?
I love all cuisines to be honest, and my South Asian upbringing, along with my Yorkshire roots and years spent living in London … Read the rest
Health and social care workers should receive priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s essential if we’re going to get through this pandemic. The BDA has jumped in and called for the vaccination to include dental team members. This shouldn’t even be an issue, but past experience has taught us that if the government can sideline dentistry, it will. If the profession doesn’t make a loud noise now and clear up any ambiguity, before the vaccine is available, it won’t be heard when everybody else starts asking for it too.
Subway bread does not qualify as bread due to its high sugar content, a court has ruled.
A judge found that Subway bread cannot be classed as bread as the sugars exceed the stipulated limit. Published on Tuesday, the judgement instead ruled that it falls under the category of confectionery.
The court ruling followed an appeal from Bookfinders Ltd, the Irish franchisee of Subway, over VAT. It argued that the bread used counts as a staple food and, as a result, should be exempt from VAT.
According to Irish law, the amount of sugar in bread should not exceed 2% of the weight of the flour in the dough. But for the bread used in Subway’s sandwiches, this stands at 10% – more than five times the limit.
A 15cm (six inch) sub roll from Subway contains 5g of sugar, which is more than a milk chocolate … Read the rest