There’s a lot to admire about Olympians—their physical prowess, their intense competitiveness, their unwavering discipline. Less admirable? Their dental health.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on athletes who competed in the 2012 Olympics, these elite athletes are 50% more likely to have cavities than the general population. Moreover, about three-fourths of the surveyed Olympians had gingivitis.
Another aspect where you might have an edge against an Olympian? Tooth count. Indeed, many Olympic events are a contact sports, so it’s not surprising why boxers might lose a chomper or two during their career. And even in sports that don’t involve punching or tackling, mishaps during practice sessions might also lead to lost tooth. Read more on this article: