KIDS WHO WATCH TOO MUCH TV AT GREATER RISK OF TOOTH DECAY.

Research by the Oral Health Foundation shows that children who watch more than 90 minutes of TV per day have much higher risk of tooth decay than those who watch less.

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53% of children, that is more than 1 in 2 of all children who are in this category showed signs of tooth decay. The reason is the association of prolonged watching of screens an being sedate with increased snacking on sugary foods and drinks.

This increase is part of an overall problem that is seeing children in A&E wards around the country having teeth removed at an early age (pre - ten years of age).

Children are also getting the 'binge-watching' habit for streaming services which exacerbates the problem. Such viewing tends to be much more individualistic and unsupervised. Terrestrial TV viewing also exposed children to more advertising of sugary foods which triggers desire to eat and drink items with higher sugar content. Nearly, three out of four children will ask parents to buy foods they have seen advertised on TV.

An allied research from Poland, researchers have found that sitting in front of computer screens also leads to poorer oral health results and unwise eating habits in late teenagers. What they found is that eating habits developed in earlier life has a greater impact on food choices by those in their late-teens.