As a general dentistry practice, we are partners in the oral health of each of our patients. The Reno Dentist provides all of your dental needs, from checkups and cleanings to fillings, and even cosmetic dentistry.
Your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health, and how you function in your daily activities. This is true whether you’re an ordinary person or an elite athlete. It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache.
A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level. “More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1
The dental troubles experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s important to note that these issues are largely preventable.
Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.
1 Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014
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