Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

London 2012 Athletes Had Really Bad Teeth, New Study Finds
Metro UK ^ | Sunday 29 Sep 2013 | Jimmy Nsubuga

Posted on 09/29/2013 12:50:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Athletes may have some of the fittest bodies in the world but a new study has found they also have really bad teeth.

Tests were carried out on 302 participants at the London 2012 Olympics and found athletes had poorer dental health than people in other occupations of the same age.

Just over half of those examined had signs of cavities, three quarters were suffering from gum disease and 45 per cent showed evidence of tooth erosion.

‘Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor. It’s quite striking,’ said Professor Ian Needleman, who is lead researcher for the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The University College London academic added athletes’ teeth problems may be the result of high sugar energy drinks.

This coupled with the lack of time given to dental care due to the pressures of training may have caused poor oral health, the professor argued.

Some athletes have even blamed their bad teeth for poor performances in the past.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Sports
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; athletes; dentistry; olympics; teeth
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-51 next last

1 posted on 09/29/2013 12:50:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

My bet is because athletes don’t have real jobs and the medical/dental coverage that comes with a real job.


2 posted on 09/29/2013 12:53:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Interesting.


3 posted on 09/29/2013 12:55:25 PM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

More likely they are so preoccupied with training for their sport that other, more mundane, areas of their lives get neglected.


4 posted on 09/29/2013 12:55:38 PM PDT by Vanders9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

At that age do you really need dental “coverage” or just good habits?


5 posted on 09/29/2013 12:56:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Socialized medicine is the cause,i believe dental is considered cosmetic so it’s not covered.


6 posted on 09/29/2013 12:56:08 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I hate to say this but DUH! This is an easy one. They do not have diets or supplements that include vitamin K2. Their skeletons take a lot of stress and the little k2 in their bodies probably goes to the stressed points. Teeth are probably at the back of the line.

Athletes need 4x a year vitamin d3 testing and adjusting their blood levels to keep them over 60 at least. K2 needs to be supplemented along with the D3. They need to keep testing because sometimes they are getting sun and sometimes not, etc.


7 posted on 09/29/2013 12:56:29 PM PDT by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vanders9

because toothpaste and mouthwash doesn’t come in a Gatorade bottle?


8 posted on 09/29/2013 12:57:06 PM PDT by GeronL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

At first, I thought the survey was of all Olympic athletes. It must have been of English athletes only. :-)


9 posted on 09/29/2013 12:57:37 PM PDT by heye2monn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: GSP.FAN

Dental is probably most important of all when it comes to general health. Bad teeth and gums cause all kinds of diseases. We both know that.


10 posted on 09/29/2013 12:58:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

You guys who all immediately think dentists give you good teeth are missing the point. Dentists can repair (and sometimes make a lot worse) problems, but tooth health comes strictly from diet and home care.

There is an excellent book to help you by Ramiel Nagel. I forget the exact title but look it up. Something to do with healthy teeth. It will teach you how to heal your own cavities. It works; I’ve done it. Adding fat from healthy animals - meat and dairy - supplementing with k2 etc.


11 posted on 09/29/2013 12:59:48 PM PDT by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

What is K2?


12 posted on 09/29/2013 1:00:28 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

13 posted on 09/29/2013 1:01:01 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Perhaps Professor Needleman only studied the British athletes.


14 posted on 09/29/2013 1:01:07 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_K


15 posted on 09/29/2013 1:02:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Bad teeth are just one of the those hallowed British traditions like roast beef, steak and kidney pie, football(soccer to us) and old school ties(one’s chums from school).


16 posted on 09/29/2013 1:03:24 PM PDT by jmacusa (If you're always looking back to yesterday you can't see tommorow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Girlene

See post #15.

Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin K
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-vitamin-k.php


17 posted on 09/29/2013 1:03:38 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

Here is Ramiel Nagel’s website.

http://www.curetoothdecay.com/


18 posted on 09/29/2013 1:05:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

YES...what YOU said!


19 posted on 09/29/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

My bad it is covered but their is a severe shortage of dentists.
I was born in Ireland and a checkup once a year was standard,my first visit to a dentist was at the age of 25,for some reason a teeth check up was not encouraged.


20 posted on 09/29/2013 1:07:05 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-51 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson