‘Oral health helps athletes be at their best’
A symposium at Aspetar throws light on the importance of oral hygiene when it comes to high-performance sports.
Identifying and healing oral problems could enable athletes perform to the best of their abilities, according to experts in oral health.
Dentists and health professionals from Qatar and abroad focused on the relationship between oral health and the overall health of athletes at the second Symposium on the Role of Oral Health in Sports, organised at the Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.
Director of Sports Dentistry at Aspetar, Dr Mohammed Alsaey said, “There are many examples of how bacteria from tooth abscesses or gum infection can travel through the blood and cause a lack of oxygen to muscles. Lower oxygen content increases the risk of injuries such as muscle fatigue, strains, convulsions or even muscle tearing”.
Dr Alsaey spoke about the need for awareness on oral injuries in athletes.
“Our role is not limited to providing treatment to athletes, we are committed to educating athletes and medical staff. Staff at the clubs and federations are educated to be able to identify and treat various oral injuries resulting from trauma.
“Sports Dentistry has raised awareness of the dangers and various types of oral trauma and in so doing, has become an integral part of medical disciplines in sports around the world.”
Topics related to the appropriate approach to various types of oral injuries were discussed as were the recent cutting-edge techniques that offered new ways of managing oral injuries.