Half of the athletes need to take extra care of their oral health according to the speakers of the Perio Link Night: Dr. Ian Needleman, from University College London; Dr Mike Loosemore, from the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Dr. Marzia Massignani, from Sunstar. This and other powerful facts were stated during the event organized by the Sunstar Foundation to discuss how poor oral health is related with lower sports performance in elite athletes.
Recent research has shown that elite athletes are at high risk of having oral health issues. According to the testimonies of several athletes such as the Boxer Anthony Joshua or the Cross country skier Christian Zorzi, there are few causes: intensive training and extreme conditions they push their bodies through, high intake of calories usually provided by sports drinks with high sugar content. Also, most of the athletes experience dry mouth, which is a perfect condition for bacteria to grow.
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