Parents, you know that excessive smartphone use among teens could result in the development of “text neck” and other posture-related problems; however, did you know that these devices could be destroying your teenager’s teeth?
Yes, you read that right!
According to recent research, the electromagnetic radiation emitted by these mobile devices and the electromagnetic fields surrounding the phones could lead to numerous oral health complications.
Not only is the natural production of the saliva in the mouth reduced during cell phone use, but, teens that have braces may experience a breakdown in the nickel plating of the devices and end up with that plating invading their saliva.
Furthermore, harmful bacteria in the mouth may run rampant and the lack of sleep associated with smartphone usage could lead to the development of gum disease.
Electromagnetic Radiation and Fields from Smartphones
The electromagnetic field-based emissions (EMF) from cell phones has been a concern since the release of the very first cell device.
The truth of the matter is – despite their high level of versatility and the immense degree of convenience that they offer – all smartphones give off various forms of non-ionizing electromagnetic-based radiation, which is – specifically – referred to as radio frequency (RF) and bits of extremely low frequency radiation (ELF).
The signal of the cell, the Bluetooth, and the Wi-Fi all release small amounts of radiation that are absorbed into the body. Naturally, the amount of radiation and the detrimental impacts of the electromagnetic fields that enter the body of your teen will depend on the amount of time that your child utilizes their smartphone.
While considered a myth in recent years, numerous studies have concluded that electromagnetic radiation and fields result in less-than-favorable impacts on the health.
Decreased Saliva Production
Tel Aviv University conducted a study that evaluated the detrimental impacts of smartphones on the oral health of users. A multitude of specialists in the areas of the ears, noses, and throats compared the participants’ saliva. Participants were grouped based on long-term cell phone users and those that do not use these cellular devices.
The findings were absolutely astonishing.
Participants that used their smartphones for just one hour showed an immense reduction in terms of natural-based saliva production.
When the saliva was tested among those that used their smartphones, it was established that it had very low amounts of the albumin protein and the amylase enzyme. The protein is needed in the mouth to combat the development of decay and the enzyme is needed to protect the internal components of the mouth from the harmful bacteria that is typically found in and around the teeth. Later, individuals with braces were tested.
These participants that used smartphones were found to have actual traces of the nickel plating within their saliva. It is believed that the electromagnetic fields break down the metal, over time.
Gum Disease Rates Rising
In addition to detrimental impacts on the saliva, smartphone usage among teens results in less sleep. It is a known fact that lack of the proper amount of sleep may result in many problems with the health. Studies have now confirmed that lack of sleep may increase the risk for the development of gum disease.
If your teen sleeps less than 6 hours each night as a result of their smartphone usage, they stand an increased risk for the development of gum disease prior to reaching adulthood. When you consider the detrimental impact associated with sleep deprivation, the reduction in saliva levels, the bacteria running rampant in the mouth, and similar factors, you realize that smartphone use has the ability to negatively impact your teen’s smile and their oral health – as a whole.
It is imperative to ensure that they see a pediatric dentist on a regular basis to boost their oral health and keep their smile beautiful!
Don’t let technology taint your teen’s teeth!