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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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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