Sports practice and oral health a guide for all »The Economic and Political Bulletin of the Authority

Exercise can affect oral health: In fact, nearly one in three dental injuries in children has been shown to occur during sports activities, and in the United States alone, sports-related injuries account for more than 600,000 consultations each year.

But it’s not just about the risk of getting trauma or contact injuries, athletes and sports enthusiasts, for various reasons, are more prone to oral problems.

Therefore, it is necessary to maintain oral health in order to practice sports activity in good conditions. Regardless of age – 5, 25, 65, 80 or older – oral health is essential to health and well-being, and improves athletic performance.

The International Dental Federation (FDI), in partnership with GUM, is launching a free guide to good practice for all amateur athletes (adults, children), to download here.

How can exercise affect oral health?

This can happen in a number of ways: Dehydration, stress, sugar, and acids in sports foods and drinks can all negatively affect oral health. Direct or indirect trauma is often the cause of oral lesions.

According to a study conducted by a team from University College London in 2018[1]on over 350 Olympic and professional athletes from eleven different disciplines, we found the following:

49% had untreated cavities

77% of signs of gingivitis

For nearly a third of participants (32%), oral health has a negative impact on training and performance. Under research: Regular consumption of sports drinks (consumed by 87% of participants), energy gels (70%), and other energy bars (59%).

Testimony: Ugo, 32 years old, swims regularly

The last time I visited my dentist, I noticed that I had slight dental abrasion. She asked me a few questions about my lifestyle, and when I told her I was a passionate recreational swimmer, she informed me that chlorine in pool water can cause tooth erosion. She always advised me to rinse my mouth with tap water after swimming and to brush my teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, but not immediately after swimming…She also advised me to avoid acidic sports drinks as much as possible. »

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How can oral health affect my performance?

The mouth is often perceived as a mirror of the body: a healthy mouth contributes to the harmonious and unobstructed work of the body.

According to Dr. Zhao, a dentist at SUNSTAR, here are the important points to know!

Poor oral health can affect quality of life and well-being, which are important components of good performance;

Tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause or maintain inflammation and infection at a distance in the body, with a pronounced negative effect on performance;

Unbalanced dental occlusion can affect posture and gait, which can increase the risk of infection;

A dental emergency, such as a tooth abscess, gum abscess, or a pre-competition wisdom tooth eruption can be the cause of poor performance, and you may even have to withdraw.

Accessible to all, find all GUM tips in the download practical guide here

about chewing gum

It was Dr. John Butler who in 1923 invented the first soft toothbrush with a massaging gum stimulator under the BUTLER brand: it was an innovation at the time.

In 1988, BUTLER joined Sunstar, a leader in research on the link between oral health and systemic health, and became GUM, an acronym for Gentle Uletic Massage. The gum then adopts a “holistic” approach to oral health by considering it one of the foundations of a healthy body.

Specializing in interdental care, GUM 105 offers a reference for a complete oral cleaning in the form of a ritual (toothbrush, toothpaste, brushes, mouthwash, etc.). Chewing gum is now used every day by more than 3 million people in France.


SUNSTAR is a Japanese multinational group specializing in oral care, headquartered in Switzerland. With its GUM and PAROEX® brands, SUNSTAR France, its French subsidiary, is committed to offering patients and professionals innovative ranges that provide a solution for every oral indication. SUNSTAR France is the third player in the field of oral hygiene in pharmacy and pharmacy instruments, and the undisputed leader in the interdental sector.

The mission of the group: to always contribute to the improvement of the oral health of all, in order to promote well-being and good general health.

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