CNN (8/5, Gupta, Kounang, Lamotte) reported on the facilities available to handle medical emergencies in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games. Dr. Antonio Marttos, a trauma surgeon from the University of Miami, is overseeing all trauma and emergency services during the Games, which includes the Olympic Village Polyclinic, a mini hospital in the Olympic Village that provides everything from emergency services to dental care, along with the Americas Medical City facility, which is composed of two hospitals, one that will cater to athletes and the other to Olympic dignitaries and VIPs.
Meanwhile, the Voice Online (UK) (8/5) stated a report by dental researchers found athletes have a significantly higher risk of tooth erosion than non-athletes. The study found the athletes had high carbohydrate consumption, including sports drinks, gels, and bars during training, which may have contributed to a higher risk of tooth decay and dental erosion. Dr. Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said, “If everyday people taking part in sport, including children, are looking to copy their Olympic hero’s habits, it is important to limit the amount of times they have anything acidic or sugary.”
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on foods that affect dental health.
The ADA News (8/2, Manchir) reports that the American Dental Association has released a statement on the benefits of using interdental cleaners after the AP questioned the oral health benefits of flossing. “To maintain good oral health, the American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner and regular dental visits advised by your dentist,” the ADA said in the statement, adding that interdental cleaners, including floss, are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.
Business Insider (8/2, Brodwin) states that the AP report comes in sharp contrast to recommendations from basically every major dental hygiene organization, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. The article adds that experts say flossing helps prevent plaque from hardening into tartar, which can contribute to receding gums and gum disease.
The New York Times (8/2, Louis, Subscription Publication) reports that there is evidence that flossing does reduce bloody gums and gum inflammation known as gingivitis. For example, a review of six trials found that when professionals flossed the teeth of children on school days for almost two years, they saw a 40 percent reduction in the risk of cavities.
New York Magazine (8/2) adds, “This very intense investigation doesn’t mean flossing isn’t beneficial,” noting that a dentist for the National Institutes of Health encourages people to continue to floss, stating that “it’s low risk, low cost.”
MouthHealthy.org provides resources for patients on flossing, including the correct flossing technique, and also provides information on plaque.