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Dental cavities develop more often in adolescents with internet addiction (IA), an effect partly due to unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, according to a recent Japanese study.

The researchers conducted a cross-sectional assessment of 1,562 high school students, in whom AI was characterized using Young’s Internet Addiction Test, with a score ≥ 50 indicating addiction. Lifestyle was assessed using the Unhealthy Lifestyle Behavior Index (ULBI), which examines eight different indicators. Dental caries was diagnosed based on the number of permanent decayed, missing, and filled teeth (DCAO).

Of the participants, 406 were considered to have IA. These adolescents had a median DMFT score of 1, compared to 0 in comparators without AI (p = 0.049).

ULBI scores were significantly worse in adolescents with IA. For example, 13.8% brushed their teeth less than twice a day, compared to only 9.2% among comparators without AI (p = 0.01). Similarly, 35.7% of the AI ​​population did not brush their teeth before bedtime, while only 26.1% of the non-AI group did (p

Sleeping less than 6 hours per day, consuming one or more soft drinks or sugary snacks per day, and adhering to an irregular dinner schedule were also significantly higher in the AI ​​group.

Poisson regression analysis revealed a significant association between IA and DMFT (incidence rate ratio [IRR]1.12, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03–1.21; p

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