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Can Bad Teeth Hurt Your Athletics?

Posted on 1/17/2017 by Alicia Knaysi
A man with poor oral health playing football.As an athlete, you train day in and day out to be the best at your sport, whether it's running, soccer, basketball, or swimming. You do your best to fuel your body with the essential nutrients it needs to perform at its best.

But have you taken a look at your teeth lately? Taking care of your teeth is an important part of keeping the rest of your body healthy, and having bad teeth can really hurt your performance.

Gum Disease

Gum disease doesn't just affect the mouth, especially when it has progressed to the more serious stage of periodontitis. By this time, the infection, which started out in your gums, has gotten below the gum line and affected your teeth and jawbone.

Once there, bacteria can easily get into your blood stream and spread throughout your body, increasing your risk for serious health conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

When you have an infection in your gums, your body's inflammatory response goes there, in an attempt to fight off dangerous bacteria. You put your body under intense amounts of stress while you train, and your body needs all of its energy to recover. If it's too busy fighting off an infection, your ability to heal properly can be greatly affected. It can also increase your chances of sustaining sports related injuries.

If you're in pain, you're generally not going to be able to perform as well as if you were in tip top condition. This goes even for pain in the mouth, from tooth decay, gum disease or any other oral issue such as impacted teeth.

Decreased Confidence
If your teeth don't look their best, you're most likely going to suffer from self-consciousness. This doesn't just affect you when you're out with friends and family however. It can even make you less confident while you perform. If you don't feel confident about your teeth, that feeling will affect your confidence in your sport.

Don't let bad teeth hurt your athletic performance. Maintain good oral hygiene, drink plenty of water and make sure to visit your dentist regularly and not only will your teeth be healthier, but your performance will see a boost as well.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.
WEST END - CALL (804) 554-5599
8921 Three Chopt Rd. #304
Richmond, VA 23229
EAST END - CALL (804) 313-8070
1001 W. Nine Mile Road
Richmond, VA 23075

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