Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18--23

The effect of sports on oral health in Riyadh city: A cross-sectional study


Abdulrahman Al Saffan1, Rawan Marey Alshahry2, Samar Abdulrahman Alrwissan2, Zainab Abdulatif Aljanoubi2, Raghad Abdulaziz Alswailem2 
1 Preventive Department, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Dental Interns, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abdulrahman Al Saffan
Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Background: The global sports nutrition industry has skyrocketed regarding its total worth which has led to an enormous inflow of a variety of supplemental products. All of which are advertised to help the consumer achieve the desired body shape. The increased consumption of all sorts of protein and carbohydrates supplements have been reported to play a significant role in hastening dental decay. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted by the distribution of printed questionnaires among amateur bodybuilders/powerlifters in 13 gyms and fitness centers in addition to a 4-day event entitled “Fitness, healthy living and sports investment event”. A total of 1314 men and women participated in completing the questionnaire. Results: The majority (60.5%) of the participants were males and non-smokers (62.0%). Most of the participants reported using nutritional supplements (73.1%). Nearly, half the participants reported the use of >7 nutritional supplements per week (48.6%). A statistically significant result was found in regards to the relationship between increased consumption of dietary supplements and poor oral health. The methods of oral hygiene reported, appear to be insufficient. Conclusion: It is evident that amateur weightlifters and bodybuilders are a new risk group for developing dental caries. Therefore, more attempts must be made to raise the awareness regarding the implications of increasing the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins and the sugary sports drinks on oral health, and the accompanied salivary dehydration during and after workouts, which may aggravate the decaying process.


How to cite this article:
Al Saffan A, Alshahry RM, Alrwissan SA, Aljanoubi ZA, Alswailem RA. The effect of sports on oral health in Riyadh city: A cross-sectional study.Saudi J Oral Sci 2020;7:18-23


How to cite this URL:
Al Saffan A, Alshahry RM, Alrwissan SA, Aljanoubi ZA, Alswailem RA. The effect of sports on oral health in Riyadh city: A cross-sectional study. Saudi J Oral Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Feb 23 ];7:18-23
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