When we think about athletes, we think about strong healthy individuals that take their sport by storm with all of their physical ability. They train hard, they eat well to give their bodies the proper nutrition in order to perform at their peak. But what if I told you that athletes actually have more to worry about when it comes to their oral health?
It’s true. We may all have the same basic guidelines when it comes to oral care, but an athlete’s lifestyle isn’t the same as ours and needs to be treated as such. They train their bodies to perform at peak performance, and treating their bodies is paramount. This said, during their training, athletes often have high-carb diets and drink lots of energy drinks to keep up with things. And while this lifestyle does have definite upsides, high-carb diets and energy drinks aren’t the best for your smile. Not only are these things are driving sugars and acids into their mouths, the main causes for tooth decay and cavity-causing erosion.
What they don’t realize is that when you have issues in your mouth, it can progress to cause pain. These pains may not be directly involved in the sport, but it can cause issues with sleeping and training in general, two necessities for all athletes to perform their best. So, if you are an athlete looking to better your overall performance on the field, track, court, or ice, you should look into your oral health!
For more information about dental tips for athletes, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.
Drs. Catherine and Kenneth Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.