Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:57
Olympians may have been competing against more than their opponents at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Dental issues were apparently a major issue in London. Research indicated that one of five athletes at those Olympic games showed signs of dental decay or gum disease and 18 percent of the Olympians stated that poor dental health could have adversely affected their performance.
Almost 50 percent of the athletes said that they hadn’t visited a dentist in at least a year.
Dehydration and diet, in addition to not scheduling dental appointments are the main reasons why these athletes have poor oral health. Energy and sports drinks exacerbate the issue based on how much sugar they contain. The carbohydrate-rich diet raises the risk of wear on the enamel, as well as decay.