There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a toothbrush with your teeth.
That’s the sensation many of us have in our mouths when we’re trying to play the game of doctor patients.
But for some, that game is no laughing matter.
A recent report published by the University of New South Wales suggests that a small group of gamers can cause serious harm.
“It’s important that people are aware of the risk of playing this game,” says Professor Mark Wilson of the Department of Occupational Health at UNSW.
While playing doctor games can be addictive, Professor Wilson suggests it should not be considered a hobby or a leisure activity. “
There’s no reason not to play this game, but if you are, then I’d encourage you to think twice.”
While playing doctor games can be addictive, Professor Wilson suggests it should not be considered a hobby or a leisure activity.
“Playing doctor games isn’t going to get you any closer to dental health, it’s just not something that you should do,” he says.
“You can get teeth pulled, you can get gum disease, you could have a condition like cysts on your tongue.
If you’re really worried about dental health and your teeth, you should seek advice from a dentist.”
He says the vast majority of dental students and dentists would agree with him.
“The majority of dentists have had the experience of seeing people play doctor games,” he explains.
“But it’s important to remember that most people don’t play doctor patients.”
Dr Wilson says there are many ways that gamers can create a bad experience for others.
“One of the things we find is that people often play online games, or online games where the game is not in real time, or they are playing for fun,” he said.
“Also, if the game you’re playing is not your game, you’re going to end up playing it in a bad way.” “
He advises that people with health issues or health-related concerns should contact a dentist. “
Also, if the game you’re playing is not your game, you’re going to end up playing it in a bad way.”
He advises that people with health issues or health-related concerns should contact a dentist.
“People who are concerned about their teeth, they should talk to a dentist,” he adds.
“And if you’re in the game, be aware that your teeth might be damaged or your teeth could be lost.”
The report is a collaboration between UNSW, the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Society of Oral Health.
It was commissioned by the Department for Primary Health Education, Dentistry and Allied Health, which works with schools and communities to promote the importance of oral health.