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Oral Health and Athletics


You’ve got your gear bag, your water bottle and your game face, but what about your oral health? If you’re an athlete, don’t discount the importance of oral health on your performance. That was the topic of a recent panel at the Perio Link Night conference this June in Amsterdam.

The panel brought together professional athletes and medical experts to discuss the impact of oral health on sports performance. Skeptical about this connection? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

Extreme Conditions

If you are an elite athlete, it’s very likely that you expose your body to extreme conditions as part of your sport. From bruxism (teeth grinding) to dry mouth, your teeth get run through the ringer more frequently than non-athletes, so it's important to have regular dental exams to closely monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

Extreme Foods

Athletes push their bodies harder than most people, so naturally they need to fuel their bodies with a different diet than most people. Unfortunately, that often means food that isn’t great for you, such as sugary sports drinks or a carbohydrate-heavy diet.

Extreme Damage

Grinding your teeth and drinking sugar-loaded sports drinks are just two ways athletes can damage their teeth - they can also incur damage to their teeth from the sport they play. A hockey puck to the mouth, an elbow to the teeth at basketball practice or even a faceplant in the sand during a volleyball game can loosen or break teeth if the mouth isn't properly safeguarded. That’s why, depending on what your sport of choice is, you should probably invest in a high-quality mouth guard. Professional mouth guards may cost a bit more, but the more comfortable they are, the more likely you are to wear them.

On Your A-Game

Finally, the panel discussed something important that is often overlooked when it comes to sports: If you don’t feel well, you won’t play well, either. Cavities, periodontal disease and dental trauma don’t just hurt when you’re sedentary - they can distract you and keep you from doing your best in your sport, too.

If you’re an elite athlete or the parent or guardian of an elite athlete and would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Simpson to discuss how to protect your mouth during sports, or to schedule a dental exam, please call Dr. Simpson’s office at (910) 550-3959.

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