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Oral health affects athletic performance

Sports performance and oral health are closely related according to a scientific study of the Spanish Society of Periodontology and OsseointegrationThe Spanish Society of Periodontology and osseointegration (SEPA) has developed a scientific report which shows that the practice of sports and oral health are very connected. On the one hand, people who exercise regularly use to have a healthy lifestyle, and that contributes directly to the health of the mouth. Furthermore, oral health problems can be transferred to the rest of the body through the blood system, which ultimately affects athletic performance.

For this reason, it’s important for the athlete to keep fit, control the diet, monitor their cardiovascular health and check the status of the mouth and teeth. SEPA says that in elite sport, oral health still does not receive the attention it deserves.

In 2013, a group of British researchers studied several groups of athletes during the Olympic Games in London and concluded that oral health in this sector is not adequate. This study found that 55% of athletes had caries, 45% dental erosion, 76% gingivitis and 15% periodontitis; significant percentages knowing the negative influence of oral problems in sports practice.

Bruxism and oral cavities are the main risks of athletes, in addition to any injuries that may be caused during sports practice. The type of food they eat, the immunological changes caused during sport or the stress and tension of the competitions are the main factors of oral health problems and a reason why this sector should be closely monitored.

This publication is a summary of the findings of the SEPA but more information can be found on its website (in Spanish).

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