Studies Show That Athletes Have a Higher Risk of Tooth Decay
In recent years there has been more and more evidence illustrating that athletes have a higher risk of tooth decay and oral health problems. A 2014 study states that athletes have a higher risk for dental erosions, caries (cavities) and changes in their saliva. The study also found that there is a correlation between how often and how vigorously an athlete worked out and their susceptibility to tooth decay.
Some have speculated that athletes’ consumption of sports drinks could be the reason for their poor dental health, but it seems as though the changes in their saliva may be the root cause.
When someone exercises for a prolonged period of time, their ...