Athletes and Oral Health
We all know that working out is good for our bodies especially our heart health. But did you know that consistent exercise can cause dehydration and dry mouth? At the same time, elite athletes often use sports drinks, power bars, and energy gel shots. Together, these may put athlete's oral health at-risk.
A study of athletes from the 2012 Olympic Games in London found many had high levels of poor oral health including tooth decay (55%), tooth surface erosion (45%), gingivitis (76%) and periodontitis (15%). Forty percent of the athletes said their oral health 'bothered' them, 28% said it had a negative impact on their quality of life and 18% said it impacted their training and performance.