According to a study led by Ian Needleman, BDS, PhD, professor of periodontology at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute,Â sugary sports drinks could be the reason for high rates of tooth decay and gingivitis among the world's most talented athletes.Â Experts advise that water and hypotonic drinks are better selections for improved health and performance.
A UCL survey revealed that nearly 50% of athletes at the 2012 London Olympics had not seen a dentist in the past year and 18% said their oral health had a negative impact on their performance.
Varnish (fluoride) has been shown to be absorbed into the tooth and is still being released up to 3 months later.
Varnish one time every six months shows a 75% decrease in decay. (Decay is the 2nd most common disease in the U.S., the common cold is the 1st.)