Dental problems in athletes

Clin Sports Med. 1983 Mar;2(1):115-22.


The high performance standards required of an Olympic athlete can only be attained by a totally healthy individual. Optimal dental health is a necessary element. The universality of dental disease can be altered by modern prevention modalities and self-administered hygiene. Nonetheless, any dental or medical program of care should be prepared for the treatment of dental disease and trauma. Suggested is a program of prevention and treatment grounded in modern basic science and dealing with the overlay of the sociopsychological phenomena, which is an essential part of effective health care.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Gingival Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Gingivitis, Necrotizing Ulcerative / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mouth / injuries*
  • Mouth Protectors
  • Pericoronitis / prevention & control
  • Sports*
  • Tooth Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Tooth Injuries