Now that the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is in full swing a bit of interesting news considering athletes and their susceptibility to tooth decay has followed it. With the talented ladies representing the USA on our Women’s National Soccer Team already taking the 2015 FIFA World Cup by storm, dental implants dentist Dr. Fenton and the staff at Bayview Smile By Design in Ft. Lauderdale, FL would like to share with you some interesting news. It seems the field is not the only place our girls are participating in. There is a match against tooth decay they are locked in as well.
The origin of this news dates back to the 2012 Olympics. It was reported that oral problems were plaguing a staggering one-fifth of the athletes who were participating. Reports of continuous, nagging toothache were expressed by numerous athletes from all around the world. What was even more startling is the fact that nearly half of those athletes reported they had not seen a dentist in over a year.
So why was this happening? Why were so many athletes succumbing to tooth pain?
Well, the answer to this can be found in the high-octane lives professional athletes lead and the diets many of them must maintain in order to support their bodies. Many athletes diets are rich in carbs and accented by the frequent consumption of sports drinks that contain high levels of sugar. On top of this, dry mouth is a common condition among athletes due to the frequent physical exertion they must participate in. When looked at from a dental perspective, it seems an athlete’s life could spell disaster for a professional athlete’s teeth.
The ladies on the U.S. National Soccer Team are no different. They spend exuberant amounts of time running, sprinting and various forms of extreme physical activity that manages to burn through their body’s energy stores at a surprising rate. If those energy stores aren’t replaced, our girls could be left feeling the effects, therefore rendering them unable to perform at the level needed to compete in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
However, Dr. Fenton has a solution to this problem for both the ladies on the Women’s National Soccer Team or any athlete looking to refuel in the heat of the game while protecting their teeth from decay. Dr. Fenton suggests mixing a little water with a low-sugar version of sports drinks, like G2, and drinking this instead of regular Gatorade. Low-sugar versions of sports drinks provide the fuel needed to replenish electrolytes and energy stores that have been burned through. The water aids in replacing vital fluids which are lost during physical exertions.
Hopefully, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has a dentist like Dr. Fenton rooting for their teeth as well as their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
We know we are! Go team USA!
Until next time readers, keep rooting for the U.S Women’s National Soccer Team and keep smiling.