The Freshman or COVID 15…?
So, like we all knew COVID quarantining hit us hard when it came to eating healthy and working out, joking about how we’d gain the “COVID 15lbs.” But then researchers had to go and actually prove it. Thanks…this is a study we probably could have done without. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health almost half of 1,820 college-age students had one or more unhealthy eating behaviors during the pandemic. Such as eating high-fat, sugary foods, or more food than usual to deal with negative feelings, social isolationism, and boredom as coping mechanisms. Look, I’d like to believe that I was helping to stabilize the economy by purchasing all that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, so don’t come at me for it science!
Sugar is...BAD...for babies…? Fascinating.
The USDA and HHS have released the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that infants consume only breast milk without added sugar for the first 6mo of life and toddlers over age 2yo consume a diet with less than 10% of their daily calories in sugars, Medical Dialogues reports. Sorry mom and dad, but that means you should not allow your infant-age children to guzzle sports drinks and fruit juices like they’re going out of style. Also, keep the cookies and candies to a minimum too. Because it’s hard to ‘blame genetics’ for your 3yo child’s rampant caries when they stroll into my office sucking on JollyRanchers.
While your undergrad friends who majored in business and now work in FiDi are out making ‘adult moves’ with real jobs while you slave away in dental school, it’s easy to forget you’re an adult too. Even if you don’t have the income of your peers, you should still take steps to set yourself up well financially. Follow this column for tips and insights to help you get ahead, now.
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Real patients, real stories, fake names.
Have you ever assumed other dentists do a procedure the same way as you only to realize you were VERY wrong? Same. Picture this: Mid-NSRCT Tooth #12, I ask my assistant for the ‘Sodium Hypochlorite’..she looks at me very confused. She asks, “What is that?” I say, “The irrigant to clean the canals…*mouthing* B-L-E-A-C-H.” She shoots back a horrified look and I realize she has no idea what I’m talking about. So I step aside and ask her, “What did the other dentist use to flush the canals?” “Oh, just water,” she says. “Just WATER?!” I screech. Yep, you read that right. Not only did the other dentist do things different from me, but wasn’t even following clinically acceptable guidelines. So, long story short, NEVER assume everyone follows the same SOPs. ALWAYS tell your assistants exactly what you need and your protocol before a procedure! Because we all know what happens when we assume…!
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