Oral health, elite sport, and performance
Our research at the London 2012 Olympics, Premier League Football, current Olympians and professional cycling and rugby shows consistently poor oral health with high levels of caries, erosive tooth wear and periodontal diseases. What is most striking is that more than 1 in 5 athletes report an impact of their oral health on training and performance. In these presentations, I will share some of the data from our research studies in elite sport and discuss both the causes and how to improve this situation. I will also explore just how oral health can affect performance.