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How Does Oral Health Impact Athletic Performance and Vice-versa?

Around the world, people practice sports at the amateur and elite levels. Whether athletes practice their sport as a hobby or professionally, their oral health is an important element of their general health and impacts their athletic performance. In this webinar, our experts will introduce the context and research related to the impact of sports on oral health and the impact of oral health on athletics performance. In addition, participants will be presented with the practical elements that dental professionals should consider for the prevention and treatment of athletes’ oral health.

A survey carried out on 399 athletes during the 2012 Olympic Games found that:

  • 55.1% had dental caries
  • 44.6% suffered from moderate to severe dental erosion
  • 76% had periodontal disease, ranging from localized to generalized gingivitis
  • More than 40% of athletes were ‘bothered’ by their oral health: 28% reported an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance

People who regularly participate in sports are more likely to suffer from dental conditions such as erosion and dental caries (tooth decay), xerostomia (dry mouth) and trauma. Maintaining good oral health helps to improve performance and helps to prevent injuries, for example by using a mouthguard during contact sports.

In this webinar, our experts will introduce the context and research related to the impact of sports on oral health and the impact of oral health on athletics performance. In addition, participants will be presented with the practical elements that dental professionals should consider for the prevention and treatment of athletes’ oral health.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the critical roles of dentists and oral health in athletic performance
  • Understand how to use the FDI Guidelines for amateurs, elite athletes, dentists and sports medecine physicians


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DT Latin America No. 9, 2020

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