How top sports stars & # 39; damage their teeth by drinking too many energy drinks with lots of sugar & # 39;

Top athletes destroy their teeth by slurping too many energy drinks, according to new research.

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Top athletes have high gum disease – despite brushing twice a day, scientists say.

The findings are based on more than 350 stars from the world of football, rugby, cycling and other sports.

Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) said they consume sports drinks and seven in ten said they drink the concentrated gel versions to which the water is added.

Top athletes have high gum disease - despite brushing twice a day, scientists say. Stock photo

Top athletes have high gum disease – despite brushing twice a day, scientists say. Stock photo

Meanwhile, six in ten (59 percent) admitted that they left on energy bars. All three products are bad for teeth due to the high sugar content.

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Dentist expert Dr. Julie Gallagher of University College London said: & We found that the majority of athletes in our study already have good oral hygiene habits because they brush their teeth twice a day, go to the dentist regularly , don & # 39; smoking and have a healthy overall diet.

& # 39; However, they often use sports drinks, energy gels and bars during training and competitions.

& # 39; The sugar in these products increases the risk of tooth decay and its acidity increases the risk of erosion.

The findings are based on more than 350 stars from the world of football, rugby, cycling and other sports. Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) said they consume sports drinks and seven in ten (70%) the concentrated gel versions to which the water is added. Stock photo

The findings are based on more than 350 stars from the world of football, rugby, cycling and other sports. Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) said they consume sports drinks and seven in ten (70%) the concentrated gel versions to which the water is added. Stock photo

The findings are based on more than 350 stars from the world of football, rugby, cycling and other sports. Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) said they consume sports drinks and seven in ten (70%) the concentrated gel versions to which the water is added. Stock photo

& # 39; This may contribute to the high level of tooth decay and acid erosion we saw during dental check-ups. & # 39;

The best footballers in the world are known for their pearly whites. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Philippe Coutinho are some of the many who have invested in their smiles.

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Many clubs also ensure that players regularly perform dental checks. Mouth bacteria can get from the gums into the bloodstream and affect performance.

It has also been associated with a large number of life-threatening diseases, from cardiovascular disease and cancer to dementia.

The study published in the British Dental Journal found that most participants – including swimmers, rowers, hockey players and athletics stars – wanted to improve their oral hygiene.

Male and female top athletes have provided details on recent dental checkups that have measured tooth decay, gum health and acid erosion.

The study published in the British Dental Journal found that most participants - including swimmers, rowers, hockey players and athletics stars - wanted to improve their oral hygiene. Stock photo

The study published in the British Dental Journal found that most participants - including swimmers, rowers, hockey players and athletics stars - wanted to improve their oral hygiene. Stock photo

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The study published in the British Dental Journal found that most participants – including swimmers, rowers, hockey players and athletics stars – wanted to improve their oral hygiene. Stock photo

One in two (49.1%) had untreated tooth decay, the vast majority showed early signs of gum disease and about a third (32%) reported that their oral health had a negative impact on their training and performance.

The researchers also asked them what they were doing to keep their mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

More than nine in ten (94 percent) reported brushing their teeth at least twice a day, and nearly half (44 percent) cleaned regularly between their teeth, also called flossing.

These figures are considerably higher than for the general population, which is 75 and 21 percent respectively.

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The study builds on research conducted by the same lab since the 2012 London Olympics, led by Professor Ian Needleman.

Previous findings have suggested that top athletes may also have an increased risk of mouth disease through dry mouth during intensive training.

Encouragingly, the athletes surveyed said they would consider adopting even better oral hygiene habits to address this and a pilot study has already been conducted.

Dr. Gallagher added: & # 39; Athletes were willing to consider behavioral changes, such as additional use of fluoride by mouthwash, more frequent dental visits and reducing their intake of sports drinks, to improve oral health.

& # 39; We then asked a number of them and team members to assist us in setting up an intervention study in the field of oral health based on the theory of contemporary behavioral change.

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