It is well known to dentists that poor oral health can have wider effects, but it has lately been discussed at the The Oral Health and Performance in Sport conference what a difference this could make to Team GBs sports performance.
Prof. Needleman, of the University College London Eastman Dental Institute, says:
“Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance. It is amazing that many professional athletes – people who dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to honing their physical abilities – do not have sufficient support for their oral health needs, even though this negatively impacts on their training and performance.”
Team GB’s boxing squad are paying greater attention to the oral health of their athletes now and hoping to see an improvement in their performance overall.
The sort of dental problems that athletes in the study performed by Professor Needleman encountered were conditions that are preventable though regular care and good oral hygiene.
Regardless of their athletic prowess, it’s good to let your patients know of the potential impact their oral health can have on overall health and their performance levels in sport.
This information can be used in your Dental Marketing including your patients newsletter, as many admire famous sportsmen and women they may be encouraged to follow their lead and take care of their teeth and gums.
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