Eating snacks when playing computer games could lead to poor oral health, a new research presented during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Washington revealed.
Researchers observed teenagers between 12 to 16 years of age and found that those who were addicted to computer games were more likely to suffer from tooth decay and caries compared to others.
The researchers also found that teenagers who had no parental restriction on screen time tend to eat more when in front of the computer compared to those with parental rules. The researchers also stressed the need for a structured eating pattern, adding that those teenagers without any eating pattern increased the risk of tooth decay by 30 percent.
"It is better for your teeth and general health if you eat three meals a day instead of having seven to ten snack attacks. If you do need to snack between meals, choose foods that do not contain sugar", lead researcher Dr Nigel Carter said.