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Video games ‘can make for bad teeth’

Thu

Brits warned that excessive game playing could harm teeth.

Research has been published which claims that playing excessive amounts of video games could be responsible for a rise in poor oral health in children.

A study by the University of Iowa revealed that children who are “heavy gamers” have, in general, a diet which is conducive to tooth decay.

The report stated that children who have more strictly controlled gaming tames have better oral health overall, possibly due to the provision of more regular meals.

Elsewhere, the North West Public Health Observatory recently published research showing children in East Lancashire have the worst teeth in England.

The report revealed that 51 per cent of 1,232 children aged five examined in the Blackburn with Darwen area were found to have either missing teeth or signs of serious tooth decay.

Roy Davies, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen’s health scrutiny committee, said: “We brought in an advisor on this a while back and we have put measures in place. We have got people who go into schools and teach children about toothcare.”

East Lancs kids ‘have worst teeth’

Wed

Children in east Lancashire have the worst teeth in England.

Children in East Lancashire have been found to have the worst teeth in England.

Findings from the North West Public Health Observatory revealed that 51 per cent of 1,232 children aged five examined in the Blackburn with Darwen area were found to have either missing teeth or signs of serious tooth decay.

Indeed, other areas fared almost as badly – Pendle (46.9 per cent of those examined), Hyndburn (45.9 per cent) and Burnley (43.5 per cent).

Roy Davies, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen’s health scrutiny committee, said: “We brought in an advisor on this a while back and we have put measures in place. We have got people who go into schools and teach children about toothcare.”

Elsewhere, local newspaper the Chorley People recently reported a new emergency and cosmetic dentistry office is to open in Chorley.

The publication noted the practice will offer places to up to 7,000 patients and the new Ravat & Ray Dental Care office will have three surgeries.

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