Footballers and Olympic athletes have bad teeth – here’s why

English football players have “worryingly poor” teeth, according to a new study. Four out of ten have cavities and they often have worse teeth than the general population, despite otherwise being in good physical shape.

The most probable reason is said to be “frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods”, e.g. sports drinks and other junk food marketed to athletes.

BBC: Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth

Interestingly, previous research has shown the same thing – “striking” levels of bad teeth – in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. An event that was shamelessly and massively sponsored by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s chocolate.


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  1. Bob Niland
    Are athletes still "carb loading" these days? Grains are really effective for promoting tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. Pierre
    Ï can see they have also crooked teeth probably due to gluten sensibility.
  3. JS
    Simply - elite high performance ≠ high health, especially if fuelled by sugar...

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