Dental Care may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to preparing and training for an athletic event, but a recent study shows a relationship between dental health and athletic performance.
Oral health is a key component of overall health and well-being and it should not be surprising that pain or discomfort caused by tooth decay or gum disease would cause a distraction or that could disrupt an intense training regime.
Pregnant women should take particular care to maintain good oral health. Not only do hormonal changes put pregnant women at increased risk for gum disease, but this gum disease can pose serious health risks for the developing baby.
Good oral hygiene habits are important for preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, but researchers are also finding surprising links between oral care and certain cancers. Links between gum disease and pancreatic cancer were first noted by a research team lead by Dr. Dominique Michaud from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.