WEB DESK: A study showed that four out of 10 football players had cavities.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine studied players at eight clubs in England and Wales.
“Professional footballers have worryingly poor teeth that could be affecting their performance on the pitch,” say dentists.
West Ham United’s medical staff said athletes often had worse teeth than the general population.
Regularly consuming sugary foods is one possible explanation.
The dentists, from the International Centre for Evidence-Based Oral Health at University College London, examined 187 players’ sets of teeth.
They found 53% had dental erosion, 45% were bothered by the state of their teeth and 7% said it affected their ability to train or play.
“There are two main groups – some have a catastrophic effect, they have very severe abscesses that stop them in their tracks and they cannot play or train.
“There’ll be others experiencing pain affecting sleeping or sensitivity every time they take a drink.
“At this level of athlete, even small differences can be quite telling.”Prof Ian Needleman, one of the researchers told BBC.