Effect of Oral Care on Athletes’ Performance
Athletes have unique dental health issues. Intense training regimens call for high-carbohydrate diets, which provide them with fast fuel. Athletes also often turn to energy and rehydrating drinks to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes after a workout. While athletes may be at their peak physically, their smiles might be at risk due to their lifestyles. According to a statement published online by the American Dental Association, professional and elite athletes may be at risk of suffering from decay, enamel erosion, and other dental problems severe enough to interfere with their athletic performance.
If you have a serious training schedule, good care can make a big difference in your dental health and might even improve your game. Avoid acidic, sugary drinks, which can erode enamel and cause permanent damage to your teeth. Use good brushing habits when you brush to combat the effects of a high-carb diet. Brush using a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste after each meal. You can also use fluoride mouthwash to strengthen your teeth. If you chew gum, use gum sweetened with xylitol rather than sugar. Xylitol has cavity-fighting properties that make it an excellent choice for anyone with dental concerns. Be sure to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from impact injuries when engaging in contact sports.
Finally, remember to schedule regular dental checkups. At these appointments, we can check your mouth for early signs of decay or erosion and recommend preventive strategies. With the right care, you can keep your smile as healthy as your body. Call our office today to learn more about the best dental care practices for athletes or to schedule your next appointment with our team.
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