Snacking While Playing Computer Games Compromises Oral Health

by Rajshri on  April 5, 2010 at 8:41 PM Dental News   - G J E 4
 Snacking While Playing Computer Games Compromises Oral Health
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. 

Source: Medindia

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This is definitely the information that parents need to know so as to prevent future oral health problems for their children. It is bad enough that so many parents don't bring their kids to the dentist because they don't think it's really that important. I try to really emphasize to all of my patients the importance of having regular visits to the dentist, and exactly why this is all so important. Understanding this information, as well as their individual treatment plan which they can see with my dental software, help patients to have a more trustworthy relationship with me and my staff.
claraj124 Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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