You probably don't think that being in better health than an Olympic athlete is something you can easily achieve, but by adopting some simple ways to improve oral health, you'll be the one wearing the gold medal. A recent study by the London Eastman Dental Institute in the British Journal of Sports Medicine examined the oral health of London 2012 Olympic athletes and revealed that 55 percent had cavities, 76 percent had gingivitis (inflammation or infection of the gums) and 15 percent had periodontitis (inflammation or infection of the gums spreading to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth). Nearly half of these athletes had not received a dental examination or dental hygiene care in the previous year.
It was concluded that the oral health of these athletes was poor. Many of them felt it had a negative impact on their athletic performance and well-being.