Olympic athletes are larger than life to us average Joes. They seem to have everything they need: coaches, doctors, sports therapists. They have Olympic lives, Olympic bodies, Olympic medals, and Olympic teeth. Stop. The fact is that Olympic athletes have poor dental health. They don’t have what you would imagine to be Olympic teeth: perfect teeth, white teeth, healthy teeth. Instead many Olympic athletes suffer from tooth decay, missing teeth, and periodontal disease. In fact, 18 percent of London’s 2012 Olympic athletes reported dental problems that affected their ability to perform, one-fifth reported bleeding gums and toothaches, and just under 50 percent had not visited a dentist that year. Find out how in tune you are to the dental health of Olympians by answering the questions below.
True or False?
- True or False: Olympic athletes have a healthy diet which is good for their teeth.
- True or False: Olympic athletes drink a lot of water which is good for them and their teeth.
- False: Diet seems to be the major reason for the poor dental health of Olympic athletes. Their diets are high in carbohydrates. Pathogenic oral bacteria thrive on carbohydrates because they break down into sugars which the bacteria feast on.
- False: Olympic athletes drink sports drinks that replenish their electrolytes. Sports drinks are notorious for being high in sugar and highly acidic. As harmful oral bacteria feast on the sugars in the mouths of athletes they excrete acid. As a result the athletes’ teeth come into contact with twice as much acid which erodes tooth enamel.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.