Your favorite sports stars and athletes are just like the rest of the US public: they suffer from poor oral hygiene. In fact, studies are suggesting that they have increased risk of suffering from common oral health issues. According to research conducted at the University College London, 8% of athletes surveyed in the 2012 olympics suggested that their oral health actually had a negative impact on their performance.
What’s even more incredible is that the same survey found that 46.5% hadn’t been to the dentist within the last year.
How Oral Health Affects Us All
Oral health is vital no matter your profession, social status, age, gender, or race. At Biscayne Dental Center, we love helping a range of patients discover the smile they have always deserved. It comes to us as no surprise that star athletes suffer from poor oral hygiene. If an office employee doesn’t have time to come in for a check-up, how would a professional sports player find time.
The study at UCL even showed that simple things like flossing could help an athletes performance just as much as detailed, elaborate physical therapy. Cavities, toothaches, heart disease, plaque build up, diabetes and much, much more has all been linked to oral health. If athletes can benefit from better overall oral health, so can the rest of the world.
Some Factors to Consider
Why are professional athletes more and more likely to experience oral health issues? The list is a long one, but here are just a few bullet points to get you thinking:
- lack of time leading to poor brushing habits
- dehydration leading to tooth decay and erosion
- higher percentage of eating disorders to maintain weight
- lack of education on oral hygiene
- very little time to floss
- Consumption of high-carbohydrate diet and acidic sports drinks
Even if you’re not a professional athlete, odds are that one of these factors is affecting your oral health too. Biscayne Dental Center believes that everyone can benefit from routine visits to our office and improved oral hygiene.