Athletes are often the pinnacle of bodily achievement, with rippling muscles and amazingly fast reflexes. But all that training and energy can take a toll on your teeth in ways you may not have realized. Today, we explore the many problems that athletes face when it comes to their dental health, and how you can best care for your teeth if you’re an athlete yourself here in Miami, FL.
First, let’s take a look at what dental care is like at the Olympics. This traditional athletic event every four years brings the world together for a series of athletic showcases. It’s where the best of the best come to compete, and they’re well taken care of while they’re here. From doctors to food and shelter, the athletes get top-dollar during their stay. This also includes dental care, and at the 2012 London Olympics, there were 30 dentists at the Olympic Village dental clinic ready to care for the world’s athletes. But what many may not have realized is how trashy these athlete’s teeth were. Over the course of the two-week event, the clinic received nearly 2,000 visits from athletes with various dental problems. Tooth decay, gum disease, loose teeth and more; the clinic was overwhelmed almost every day.
But why is this? What makes these patients, at the peak of their performance level, have such bad teeth? Let’s take a look:
First off is to be conscious of what you put in your body: drink water to stay hydrated, don’t reach for the sugary drinks, and opt for more natural foods instead of processed energy bars. Take good care of your teeth, even when you’re tired: brush, floss, use mouthwash, and anything else you need to keep them healthy.
While rare, it has happened where the oral health of an Olympic Athlete jeopardized their performance and may have lost them a medal. What started as a single cavity could turn into an infection that affects other parts of your body too.
So, what happens if you’re an athlete and you have a tooth knocked out? Some dentists may be able to save the tooth, but for the most part there’s little that can be done in terms of a natural tooth. However, athletes can consider dental implants, both for the benefit of their natural teeth and their performance. Dental implants can easily replace lost teeth and fit snugly between your natural teeth. They are meant to look and feel like any other tooth, while staying just as durable. Dental implants aren’t like dentures or bridges either: they won’t get in the way of your performance, fall out, or become loose over time.
Almost anyone can qualify for dental implants, so don’t hesitate to contact us today in Miami, FL if you’re in need of a more permanent tooth replacement option.
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