When out on the field, in the pool, or on the pommel horse, Olympic athletes should be able to focus on their performance – not be brought down by a toothache. However, we know that vigorous, increased physical activity can sometimes create negative effects on one's dental health. Therefore, athletes have to be very vigilant about preventative care and good dental hygiene at home and on the go.
At the Games, emergency dental care is available at the Olympic Village Polyclinic along with other emergency medical services.1 Before athletes arrived in Rio de Janeiro, one dental office offered free care to the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team, including custom-fit mouth guards to keep their smiles safe during the Games.2 Many athletes have busy schedules that can involve a lot of travel, so it can be easy for their dental hygiene to slip. These services allow Olympic athletes to keep their heads in the right place for peak performance.
Now is the perfect time to bring your children in for check-ups before they head back to school and get involved in fall sports. We also fit kids with custom sports guards! Give us a call at 207-784-2211 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
1 Gupta, Dr. Sanjay, Kounang, Nadia, and LaMotte, Sandee. “Are Rio's hospitals ready for the Olympics?” CNN. 5 August 2016.
2 Negley, Erin. “This dentist wants the Olympic team to focus on the game in Rio, not toothaches.” LancasterOnline. 9 August 2016.