Study Finds Nearly 40% Of British Soccer Players Suffer From Dental Decay.

Study Finds Nearly 40% Of British Soccer Players Suffer From Dental Decay.
The AFP (11/3, Hood) reports that a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that “nearly 40 percent of professional football players in Britain have rotted teeth, in some cases serious enough to affect performance on the pitch.” Lead author Ian Needleman of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute told the AFP, “We came across several players with tooth decay so deep that it was into the nerve and creating an infection in the jaw,” adding that it is unclear why many delayed seeking dental care despite tooth pain.
The NYSE Post (11/3) reports that 187 players from eight clubs participated in the study, adding that Needleman said, “Oral health is an area where many athletes have greater problems than the general population so it has been a massive achievement for so many professional football clubs to collaborate with each other to help us understand the scale of this problem better.”
The Guardian (UK) (11/3, Benedictus) adds that in a previous study, Needleman examined the oral health of 2012 Olympics athletes, finding similar results. The Daily Mail (UK) (11/3) also reports.

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