A good athlete will devote endless hours to help him perform at the highest level possible. Strength, fitness, flexibility & endurance are crucial to their specific sport. All the systems of body are brought to their peak levels and this involves the assistance of coaches, trainers, physicians, nutritionists and other health care professionals.
The most neglected area is dental health.
These athletes represent the highest level of physical development but their dental health was either at or below average level of the general population. There are many reasons for this. The financial costs of proper dental care are not a priority within the athlete’s limited budget. Secondly, athletes have not been educated in this regard that is about importance of good dental health to their performance.
Dental disease comes in many forms. The most common is caries, which is caused by the bacteria in the plaque. It forms acids from foods, which deplete calcium from the tooth. It should be treated as soon as it is diagnosed. If allowed to progress it will lead to inflammation of nerve, pain, swelling, fever or drainage into mouth. Another disease is the one which affects the gums. Minerals from saliva form a hard material on the tooth called calculus. This can irritate the gums and cause swelling and bleeding and lead to breakdown of bone supporting the tooth. This can cause loosening and loss of tooth eventually.
The most serious problem arises when an athlete is unable to perform due to pain or swelling from dental crisis. Even if they are not forced to withdraw, the trauma of an unexpected dental problem can severely affect the level at which athlete is able to train or compete. Valuable time is lost when dental injury occurs. Dental disease makes the teeth more susceptible to fracture resulting in severe discomfort due to pulp exposure.
U!TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH - AND THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Regular maintenance of the teeth and oral tissues is vital to ensuring good health for the entire body. This care should consist of :
- regular (every 6 to 9 months) dental check-ups and cleanings
- necessary x-rays to diagnose cavities, impacted teeth and other problems
- replacing any fractured or leaking fillings when needed
- treating any cavities or other dental problems
- daily brushing and flossing with a proper toothpaste
- replacing any missing teeth to improve chewing and appearance
IMPROVING YOUR DENTAL HEALTH SHOULD START NOW!