Now Video Games Cause Tooth Decay

Various scientific and medical studies performed over the past few years have shown video games to cause violent behaviour, obesity and crooked fingers among young people, but at least we still have our teeth - or do we?

A new study, run by the University of Iowa, has linked frequent video game playing to poor oral health. The study, conducted on children age 12 through 16, suggests that the dietary habits associated with frequent computer and console game use are conducive to tooth decay. Basically, when kids play video games, they eat and drink crap.

It's worth noting that children also eat and drink crap when watching television, reading books or whenever their parents aren't watching. This is likely due to the fact that crap is delicious.

The study also found that children with parents who structure their video game playing time are less likely to suffer the ravages of tooth decay, as they are more likely to eat regular meals as well.

I guess the whole point of this study, as with just about any study about tooth care, is that you should regularly brush and floss your teeth. Gargling with Mountain Dew isn't going to make your smile more extreme.

If only there were some sort of point system for brushing...

I'm not sure why the University of Iowa decided to single out gamers here. We generally keep our mouths aimed at the screen, so bad breath and tooth decay isn't an issue. Just stay downwind and you'll be fine.

Teeth take a hit when computer games lead to bad bites [WalesOnline - Thanks Jeremy!]


    Also worth pointing out, that parents that take the time to structure their child's game time are also more likely to take the time to make sure they have brushed their teeth.

      We all learned good hygene playing Tooth Invaders on the Vic20.

    Possibly Immoral because of it's negative effects but try and imagine the outcome of this experiment.

    10 kids have a choice.
    Eat Fruit and Play Video games or...
    Eat a bag of Potato chips and play outside.

    Who seriously thinks they are going to pick Fruit?

    Healthy Sandwiches and read a book or McDonald's and a lecture on physics? I think they'd go the physics lecture, even if all they do is play with the happy meal toy.

    The real information from this study is Parents who give a Damn have healthy children.

    they can also cause clenching at night, when dreaming in videogame land

    Interesting post, does it really playing video games cause tooth decay.After reading the post, I feel that parents should be responsible in taking care of their children diet while watching T.V or while playing video games.

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