How Dental Health Affects Athletic Performance

Poor dental health can impact on your overall health, including your athletic performance. By looking after your teeth and gums, including regular check-ups with your dentist, you can help your physical performance.

Key takeaways:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to inflammation in the body, making it hard to maximise athletic performance.
  • Dehydration from sports can cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Pain from your teeth and gums can affect sporting performance and make it difficult to fully apply yourself to a contest or event.

“Athletes that have existing oral health problems such as tooth decay have a higher chance of sustaining an injury to their smile during their sport or competition.”

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