Video games blamed for bad teeth

Will the scapegoating ever end?

After facing accusations that it caused obesity and sexualised children, the video games industry is now being blamed for the poor dental condition of the masses. You read that right: Bad teeth.

New research presented during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Washington found that eating snacks when playing computer games could lead to poor oral health.

Quite why eating them when playing computer games is any different than from eating them when watching Dick And Dom is beyond us.

Researchers observed 12 to 16-year-old teenagers and found that those who were 'addicted' to computer games were more likely to suffer from tooth decay and related complications.

The study also found that teenagers who 'had no parental restriction on screen time' tended to eat more when in front of the console.

The Washington researchers stressed the need for a structured eating pattern - commenting that those teenagers without one increased the risk of tooth decay by 30 per cent.

"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.

So kids prone to tooth decay have parents who (i) Allow them to eat what they want and (ii) Don't restrict their leisure time in any way.

Remind us quite what video games have to do with this again?

[ SOURCE: Medindia ]