You may be just wondering: What does dental care have to do with a fighter’s performance? Don’t think so? Big Mistake! Dental treatment goes much further than clean breath and refreshing white smile. As an MMA fighter, your oral health is more important than you might realize. Yes, the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can directly affect your performance inside the cage!
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High collision sports like Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA itself, expose practitioners to a high risk of oral or facial injury. Shocks, head-butts, elbows and other strikes are capable of causing injury very easily. Among the most common injuries causing great anatomical damage and disturbances of functions are tooth loss, nasal fractures, and tissue injury. Any oral distortion leads to reduced performance of the MMA athlete.
Malocclusion (misalignment between the upper and lower teeth), tooth loss, gum disease, cavities, and residual roots are home for bacterial infections. The bacteria can proliferate in the body, get through the bloodstream right to the muscles and decrease the athlete’s performance, both while training and during of the competition.
For an MMA athlete, Amalgam (metal dental fillings) must be replaced specially if they are defective or show decay, and porcelain restorations must be used instead. Although not as durable as amalgam, composite resins or white fillings, are aesthetically appealing and decrease the risk of fractures due to impact.
MMA fighters must visit their dentist regularly in order to undergo a detailed examination to detect any outbreak of infected tooth or periodontal (gum), identify and diagnose any oral lesions, malocclusion, vicious habits (teeth grinding or nail biting) and take the necessary measures as soon as possible. With this, the athlete’s performance and self-esteem will improve.