Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Long Computer Hours Cause Tooth Decay?


Flap doesn't know who is writing this copy but OBVIOUSLY it is not a dentist.

Long hours in front of PC causes dehydration of the mouth. What this means is that there is reduced saliva in your mouth. Saliva is a natural mouthwash which prevents bacteria accumulation in your mouth. So, when this is reduced, bacteria thrive in such conditions leading to the development of plaque.

Frequent occurrence of this puts you at a very high risk for developing Tooth Decay (Caries). This is due to acids released by the bacteria which causes the teeth to decay.
And, why would long hours in front of a computer be any different than long hours reading a book or working in an office or even taking a dental continuing education course. The premise of this piece simply is NOT true.

And, the remedy of drinking water or hydrating your mouth is  ----- well, common sense.

If you want to avoid tooth decay the same old remedies apply to the rest of life: diet, dental hygiene and regular professional care. Also, stay away from smoking, drugs like Meth and high sugar content foods.


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