Olympic athletes need all kinds of training to prepare for their events, including good dental care! Newberg dentist Dr. Jennifer McLeod and her team at Newberg Family Dental appreciate the efforts of Dr. Tony Clough, the lead onsite consultant for Olympics Games since 2008, who has helped set up dental facilities at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Dental Care is Important for All Athletes
Regardless of your athletic ability or level of sportsmanship, dental care is an essential part of overall performance. One of the reasons is that athletes are required to take in more food and drinks, many of which are loaded with sugars and carbohydrates. If not thoroughly cleaned away, bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth can turn into the acid that decays teeth.
In addition, athletes of all kinds are more susceptible to injuries of the head and face, which directly effects dental health. Regular dental care can help athletes identify teeth that have been cracked or broken during practice or competition, as well as any other potential problems that could turn into dental emergencies without treatment. In addition, dentists in Newberg like Dr. Jennifer McLeod can provide customized mouthguards to help athletes prevent injuries like lacerations in the mouth and broken teeth.
Partnering for Olympic Sized Dental Care
It is with these safety and health issues in mind that the International Olympic Committee has partnered with corporations in order to provide good dental care and services to athletes at the 2014 Sochi games. Following the 2008 Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee determined that a large percentage of athletes were unable to perform to their potential due to dental emergencies or a lack of preventive dental care.
There’s a surprising number of Olympic athletes who do not have access to basic dental care and services. That is why Dr. Tony Clough enlisted the help of Proctor and Gamble, Oral-B, Blend-a-Med and Crest to provide this dental care to Olympic athletes throughout the run of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Customized Dental Care for Olympic Athletes
It is estimated that about 600 athletes, coaches and officials will visit the dental facilities set up at the three Winter Games Villages. They will be able to set up appointments for dental screenings, emergency dental care, routine dental care, and emergency care. They will also receive oral care products, dental education and dental treatment plans to help them once they leave the Olympic Games.
Maintaining good dental health is an essential part of training for athletes of all calibers, including those participating in the Winter Olympics. Call Newberg Family Dental at (503) 538-7717 to ensure that the athletes in your family are ready to practice and compete with good dental health intact!