If sports professionals want to win, Oral Health needs to be a top priority for elite and amateur athletes alike. Poor oral hygiene severely impacts athletic performance and training. Whether athletes practice their sport as a hobby or professionally, their oral health is an important element of their general health and impacts their athletic performance.
There are many dental dilemmas that can arise such as:
“A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body”
Dr Kathryn Kelly, President of the World Dental Federation, says that ‘poor oral health can have disastrous effects on overall health and athletic performance. We want to build upon this understanding and make sure it’s part of the conversation between oral health professionals and their patients.’
A survey carried out by 399 athletes during the 2012 Olympic Games found that:
Ignoring these impacts can have severe significant results:
Dental professionals recommend wearing a mouth guard when engaging in contact sports. They also advise athletes to
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