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Poor Oral Health Severely Impacts Training and Athletic Performance, Says FDI World Dental Federation

– FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) couldn’t agree more. Today the organization released a series of sports dentistry resources for amateur and elite athletes, dentists and sports medicine physicians, and sports organizations. The release coincides with a packed summer sports season, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, the Roland-Garros (French Open) finals, and the start of the US Open (golf), to name a few.

Oral injury or trauma are not the only dental dilemmas that arise while practicing sports:

“A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body. We don’t always consider the disastrous effects of poor oral on overall health and athletic success,” said FDI President Dr Kathryn Kell. “We want to build upon this understanding and make sure it’s part of the conversation between sports medicine physicians and their patients.”

Ignoring oral health impacts athletic performance in several significant ways:

FDI recommends wearing a mouthguard (custom-made is best) when engaging in contact sports, even if the sport is practiced occasionally. FDI also advises athletes to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste; visit the dentist at least once a year; counteract the effects of acidic and sugary energy foods and drinks by rinsing with water afterwards; and opt for water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

“We are proud to work with FDI to actively address athletes’ oral health needs,” said Marzia Massignani, senior manager of scientific affairs and corporate communications at Sunstar. “Whether you’re an Olympian or out for a Sunday morning jog, your oral health impacts your performance. These resources will be shared widely with athletes, trainers, and health professionals to promote oral health and good oral hygiene practices for optimal athletic performance.”

About FDI World Dental FederationFDI is the main representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, with a vision of leading the world to optimal oral health. Its membership comprises some 200 national member associations and specialist groups in over 130 countries. FDI is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

About SUNSTARSUNSTAR is a multinational company headquartered in Switzerland and founded in 1932 in Osaka, Japan. Under the motto “Always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life,” SUNSTAR continuously provides high-value-added products in the oral care, health & beauty, environment, and safety & high technology markets.

FDI media contact: Charanjit Jagait Tel: +41-79-796-76-13SUNSTAR media contact: Elena Alcalde Tel: +34-669-589-266

 

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