Sport and oral health, that relationship’n desaconocida

Did you know that dental health is closely related to athletic performance? If we start from the premise that sport and exercise is beneficial for the whole organism, including all its tissues and organs. The mouth is, therefore, an issue to relate with the performance and the practice of the sport.

Some practices or habits of athletes can have a negative influence on the dental health.

It is a two-way street, on the one hand, relate to the problems of oral health can affect athletic performance. On the other, that the practice of intensive sports may affect the oral health. It seems that all are disadvantages to the athlete, but it can be avoided with regular checkups at the dentist, the dental clinics of prestige are up to date with this topic. In addition, the visits to the dentist should be combined with good dental hygiene daily and with a few eating habits adapted.

In the case of elite athletes, the risk is even greater. Infections, inflammations, caries, peridontitis... could become chronic and affect athletic performance, such as increased propensity for injury. In addition, the stress that occurs before and during competitions, also affect the oral health of the individual

Habits of the athlete that worsen oral health

Often the athletes consume drinks prepared for the recovery. Many of these products contain large amounts of sugars. But sugar is only one of the problems of these drinks which are also acidic (especially those that are energy), and carbonate, which can damage the enamel and cause tooth hypersensitivity, among others.

Besides the drinks, another of the star products that consume the athletes are the bars. Like the drinks, most energy bars have a high sugar content, that can damage the teeth and lead to tooth decay.

But, what if you do not take anything of all the above? In addition to the products listed above may damage the teeth, if an athlete does not consume any of them nor is it safe. The reason for this is the increased production of saliva during the practice of sports. This increase of salivary flow increases the risk of tooth decay and production of tartar.

In terms of nutrition, the diet of an athlete is higher in carbohydrates. The abuse of carbohydrates in the diet causes the risk of developing cavities increases, so that it would be to consider reducing the intake of carbohydrates to the extent possible.

What can you do?

The sport is healthy and necessary for our general health, and even if today we told you the negative part, it is also true that we can avoid problems by following the following guidelines:

  • Perform periodic reviews with the dentist.
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to prevent the demineralization of enamel.
  • To maintain good dental hygiene (brushing, floss, interdental cleaning, etc...).
  • Avoid the consumption of sugars and excess carbohydrates in the diet.
  • Not to abuse of carbonated drinks or acidic that can damage and demineralize the enamel.

With what frequency and intensity you play sport? Do you go often to visit the dentist? We look forward to your comments.