Lucy Stock, a dentist at Gentle Dental Care in Belfast, Ireland has revealed that teens who spend more time on computers (playing games usually) are significantly more likely to neglect their oral health. She discovered that:
- Teens who frequently use computers are more likely to neglect their teeth.
- Computer addicted teens are up to 25 percent more likely to have bleeding gums and almost twice as likely to miss school due to dental pain.
What Else Did the Study Find Out
Just three hours of computer use each day is enough to put a teenager at risk of poor oral health, a new study has revealed.
A study of more than 1,500 18-year-olds showed, that those who spend more time on computers are significantly more likely to neglect their teeth. Researchers found those that spent longer on a computer were much less likely to brush their teeth, floss or visit the dentist. The results are particularly troubling for boys, where twice-daily brushing dropped below 50 percent for those with excessive computer use.
Further findings discovered that youngsters with excessive computer use are up to 25 percent more likely to suffer from bleeding gums, and almost twice as likely to be absent from school because of dental pain. Pretty interesting stats.
Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said, “There is growing evidence to suggest that computer use is linked with a number of health problems for teenagers. Much of the attention in the past has focused on its relationships with obesity, smoking, drinking, and changes in behavior.
“However, we are now seeing signs that it could affect a person’s oral health as well. There is an urgent need for more education; both on the consequences of excessive computer use, and the benefits of maintaining good oral hygiene. These need to be communicated to children and families before it begins to negatively affect their health and wellbeing.”
Further findings from the study revealed the obvious. The longer teenagers spend on a computer, the more sugar they actually consume. The amount and frequency of sodas, juices with added sugar and general snacking all increased for those who spent more than three hours of computer time a day.
These same adolescents were also more likely to skip breakfast and eat less fruit and vegetables.
Teen years can be challenging times, however, there is a lot parents can do to protect teens from the slow poisoning of a sugar-heavy diet.
You can help by using the opportunity when shopping to stockpile healthier foods and snacks, then keep them within easy reach. Avoid buying soda and juices that also rot their teeth. Also, try getting them into the habit of drinking water more as well.
We here at the office of Dr. Max L Lingo, Evansville dentist, agree. Children that spend way too much time playing games on the computer not only have poor health issues but poor dental issues just as well. If you have a teenager going through the same problems, then the time is right now to contact our office for your child. Dr. Max Lingo also does bonding & filling, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures & partials, extractions, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, teeth cleaning, plaque removal and more.