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 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.
Inflammation 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.
Pain 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.