A question of sport: Do footballers have good teeth?

20th June 2018 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

Updated for the Champions League Final, 2019

Liverpool or Spurs? Is there any chance of a slip up for Liverpool? Can Spurs find glory? As we wait to see the final line up in Madrid, in the end so much comes down to fitness on the day.

From the head to toe, we think of our sporting heroes as being super-fit and healthy. Yet there have been some surprising reports on the overall health of athletes, including a look at our footballers’ teeth.

Footballers’ teeth are not as good as we might expect.

After the 2012 Olympics, headlines ran about the poor dental health of athletes. That was followed in 2015 by popular media reports highlighting the condition of football players’ teeth. A surprising percentage said that the state of their teeth affected their overall well-being, and they felt it had a negative impact on their training and performance.

Two reasons why footballers may have bad teeth.

football game at dusk for footballers' teeth

Mo’s dilemma

For Mohamed Salah, a practising Muslim, the date of the final falls before the end of the holy month of Ramadan, leading to difficult decisions balancing faith with professionalism. One thing’s for sure though, Mo Salah’s teeth look very healthy, and as his team’s tipped favourite he should be smiling tonight.

If Kane can’t play today, does he still score well for his teeth?

We know he can score goals, but what about his teeth? Kane does spend a lot of time with his mouth open, after all. Fellow Spurs and England team-mate, Kieran Trippier, says that Harry Kane is a “top captain and a top role model.” Kane is well-known for not drinking alcohol, and looking after himself. With his self-discipline and eye on success, he probably has great teeth too!

Footballers’ teeth can be protected.

For the young footballers in your home (or the older ones):

Do you love watching football?

Watching sport is great. But doing it is even better!

Reminder:

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