top uk dentist says water fluoridation is the answer
from dr nigel carter: Simple measures can prevent the need for a child's teeth to be extracted in hospital... As many know, brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, visiting a dentist regularly and avoiding frequent sugary snacks and drinks will best help to maintain a healthy smile... We encourage the fluoridation of water supplies and welcome the planned consultations on the move in the North West and Yorkshire, where decay figures have been higher in the past.
research links poor children's stress & brain impairment
from washington post: Children raised in poverty suffer many ill effects: They often have health problems and tend to struggle in school, which can create a cycle of poverty across generations. Now, research is providing what could be crucial clues to explain how childhood poverty translates into dimmer chances of success: Chronic stress from growing up poor appears to have a direct impact on the brain, leaving children with impairment in at least one key area - working memory. "There's been lots of evidence that low-income families are under tremendous amounts of stress, and we know that stress has many implications," said Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., who led the research. "What this data raises is the possibility that it's also related to cognitive development." With the economic crisis threatening to plunge more children into poverty, other researchers said the work offers insight into how poverty affects long-term achievement and underscores the potential ramifications of chronic stress early in life.