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Extreme fitness reds the teeth, new study finds



E Xtreme fitness risk dental decay, scientists have warned, as a new study finds elite athletes have rotting teeth.

A study of 352 Olympic and professional athletes found high rates of dental problems, even though

Researchers believe the relentless intake of sports drinks, energy gels and bars to blame, are due to their high sugar content.

Intensive exercise may prompt changes in saliva and the

Published in the British Dental Journal, the study included professional athletes across 11 sports, including football, rugby, cycling, rowing and gymnastics.

It found that 49.1

per cent had untreated tooth decay, with a large majority showing early signs of gum inflammation.

Almost a third – 32 per cent – reported that their oral health negatively impacted their training and performance.

Dr Julie Gallag her, a researcher at University College, London, said: "We have found that we have a majority of athletes in our survey already

However, they use sports drinks, energy gels and bars during training and competition.

"The sugar in these products increases the risk of tooth decay and the acidity of them increases the risk of erosion.

The team suggested using mouthwash with extra fluoride, as well as visiting the dentist more regularly.

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These are 75 and 21 percent, respectively. [196590017] These figures are more than twice a day, while 44 percent of the time are between their teeth, known as flossing.

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