Exercise healthy, take care of your mouth!
Sport at the highest level demands a lot from your body and proper care of it is essential. Part of that care is good tooth and molar health.
intensive sport may pose a risk to the health of teeth in many ways. Poor oral health can cause acute or long-term problems. In addition, it can have a negative impact on sports performance or even impede the practice of sports.
Dental erosion and / or wear
Especially in contact sports, such as rugby or football, teeth and molars can be damaged or even come loose completely. Sports that are likely to cause serious damage as a result of a fall are also notorious for this. Sports such as cycling, mountain biking but also skiing, skating or snowboarding. Wearing a mouth guard can in any case reduce the damage caused by such an accident. In the case of hockey, a mouth guard has even been mandatory since 2015.
Long-term and intensive exercise can cause problems earlier. A decrease in resistance can cause pain from already present dormant inflammation or new inflammation.
Long and short term consequences
As indicated above, problems can therefore arise immediately. But the problems can only manifest themselves in the long term, such as wear and tear. This can become clearly visible or cause problems later in life, after the sport career. The process has already begun during the sports career. Treating this wear can be a lot more difficult. Prevention is better than cure. To prevent problems, correct information can prevent many potential damage.
An example of this is that for sports that last no longer than an hour, the carbohydrates and the moisture can already be kept at the right level by a banana and water. Sports drink appears to have no added value whatsoever. If sports drinks still have to be used, the manner of incorporation is important. Small sips and rinsing with these acidic drinks has more harmful effects than drinking a lot at once. The moment is also important. Drink, if possible, when there is enough saliva again.
In addition to information, regular screening for risk factors and potential damage is important both for the medical health of athletes and for performance.
This screening is for performing a risk analysis of the teeth in addition to oral health. Hereby all aspects that may play a role in the occurrence of damage to the teeth are included: clamps / grinding, position of the teeth, bacterial activity, gum health, location of the wisdom teeth, nutrition, etc.
This screening therefore goes further than the regular check-up with your own dentist in several respects. You receive a total overview of the teeth and the possible risk factors. This may result in a preventive plan or, if necessary, a dental care plan.
Mapping the possible individual risks is in any case the first but also the most important step that can be taken to prevent future dental problems and to continue to perform at a high level!