Survey shows how late nights in front of the box have an effect on youngsters’ dental health badly

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Late Nights: no good for oral health. Image by Peter Bernik (via Shutterstock).

You may be getting hooked on the latest goings on in Westeros, but you get too tired to brush and floss.  Then you realise the hours are getting smaller, and the streets have already gone darker.  Before stupid o’clock becomes even more stupid o’clock than earlier, you keep your nerve then brush and floss your teeth before bedtime.  Late nights can be tiring.

In a study by the Oral Health Foundation, published in the International Health Journal, it is stated that youngsters are likely to neglect their teeth if up at late nights.  Tiredness could mean he or she may be skipping their evening teeth clean.  It was revealed that youngsters staying up till the early hours were four times more likely to need fillings.

Furthermore, if young people rise later, it is stated they would be likely to skip breakfast.  Instead of a well-balanced breakfast, the study says they are more likely to snack on sugary food through the day.

Dr. Nigel Carter from the Oral Health Foundation said: “If you tend to fall asleep before your children, evidence suggests there is a real danger that they are not brushing their teeth regularly, or properly.

“Combined with the resulting lie-in and subsequently skipping breakfast, this is a real recipe for disaster when it comes to their oral health and a hugely increased risk of developing tooth decay.

“Problems in the mouth can affect the way our children communicate, their relationships and their wider general health, so it is vital they prioritise their oral health.”

Concurring with Dr. Carter’s statement was Michaela O’Neill, the president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy: “Ensuring your children eat a well-balanced breakfast every day is also a great way to ensure they maintain their oral health.

“This will reduce snacking on sugary food throughout the day and the teeth coming under constant attack from the acids which cause tooth decay.”

With oral hygiene, it is best to educate youngsters from an early age.  The long term cost, mental and physical health, and education, is a bargain compared with shoring up problems in later life and having to pay more.

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