How Poor Dental Habits Can Impede Athletic Performance
Posted on 2/20/2020 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
Many people associate bad habits like tobacco use or substance abuse with poor athletic performance. However, did you know that poor dental habits can cause poor athletic performance as well?
It's true. Your dental health can greatly affect how you perform out on the field. Taking the precautions to maintain your dental health can actually make you perform better.
Some people don't know that your oral health correlates to your overall bodily health. However, your oral health impacts how your body functions on a daily basis. People with poor oral health are more likely to become sick because bacteria in the mouth can cause sickness. What's more is that bacteria in the mouth can also cause plaque buildup in the arteries.
Like plaque buildup due to eating foods high in fat, the plaque buildup due to excess amounts of bacteria entering the bloodstream can cause blockages. Blockages make it so you don't get all the oxygen you need when exercising or playing sports, impeding your performance overall.
Defending Against Tooth Loss
People who suffer from gum disease are more at risk for losing teeth. As the gums become diseased, the teeth will loosen and have the potential to fall out. For people who play contact sports, gum disease puts them at risk for losing teeth prematurely. Of course, a mouth guard will help keep your teeth safe, but with gum disease, a mouth guard may not be enough to protect your teeth.
Finally, vigorously exercising can make the mouth dry. In conjunction with poor oral health, this leads to an increased number of bacteria in the mouth. Increased bacteria puts a person at risk for tooth decay and gum disease, which negatively affect athletic performance. If you would like information on how to maintain good oral health as an athlete, please give our office a call. We would be happy to help you!