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According to a study recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Washington, teenagers who are addicted to video games may be at a significantly increased risk of poor dental health.
The report, authored by researchers from the University of Iowa, found that gamer addicts - who often consume snacks and drinks with especially high sugar content - are more than twice as likely to develop tooth decay as children of a similar age with more active lifestyles, Dentistry.co.uk reports.
"Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour," said Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation. "So it is important to keep sugary foods only to mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk."
Furthermore, the study found that children with structured eating patterns set forth by their parents were more than 30 percent less likely to have dental caries than those without prearranged meal times.
Childhood tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Every year, more than 51 million school hours are lost because of dental-related illnesses.
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