The British Journal of Sports Medicine had published a study last year which gave hint that athletes are at a higher risk of developing oral health problems like cavities.

The researchers examined 278 athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and most of them had poor oral health. Problems like tooth decay, gum infection and erosion of tooth enamel were highly recorded. However the study failed to establish if the sport drinks were a possible reason behind developing oral diseases.
Researchers at the dental school of University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany recruited 35 competitive triathletes and 35 non-athlete healthy adults to visit  hospital’s dental lab for a full oral examination.
The examination included collection of their saliva, and answering questionnaires about their diets, including consumption of sports drinks and other beverages, their normal oral hygiene routines, and their exercise habit.

The researchers found that the athletes compared to non-athlete people were more prone to erosion of their tooth enamel. They also had higher tendency of tooth decay and cavities.

The study also revealed that the risk of dental problems in athletes grew with an increase in the time interval of their training period.

The study found no relation between the consumption of sport drinks with oral health issues of athletes.

The study was published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports.


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