Supporting athletes from the clinic to the field of play

An athlete’s oral health can have a significant impact on their ability to perform at their best. Dr John Haughey is one of the world’s leading sports dentists helping athletes ensure that their oral health does not have a negative impact on their performance.

The 4 areas that oral health can impact athletic performance are

  1. Oral disease

  2. Oral inflammation

  3. Lower jaw misalignment

  4. Oral Trauma


Book a Sports Dentistry Consultation to review if your oral health is impacting your performance

Oral disease

Dental infections in the mouth can have a detrimental effect on an athlete’s performance. From toothache causing distraction, lack of sleep or missing training/competition to impacted wisdom teeth increasing the risk of jaw fracture, it is important the athlete is free of oral disease for optimum performance.

Research suggests that 1 in 3 athletes have their performance affected by their dental health (Gallagher et al. 2018)

Oral inflammation​

Inflammation in the mouth due to dental infections can cause systemic inflammation which can lead to prolonged healing in muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.

It is important for prevention of repeated and persistent injuries that an athlete has no oral inflammation.


Lower jaw misalignment

The position of the bite is linked to the airway and head position. Assessing the lower jaw position to ensure an athlete’s bite does not a negative effect on their performance.

Dr John Haughey is an international leader in this field and has researched this area finding that aligning an athlete’s jaw can have significant impact on their athletic performance.


On average compared to the normal bite the performance bite provided an increase in

  • lower body power of 5.8%

  • upper body power of 10%

  • hamstring flexibility of 14%

  • balance and stability of 4.8%


Oral Trauma​

Over 30% of all Oral trauma is sport related. It is important that oral trauma is treated quickly and correctly for long term healthy outcomes.

Dr John Haughey has extensive experience treating sporting dental trauma including supporting athlete’s at major sporting event like the Olympics.

Dr John Haughey used his extensive experience working with athletes to contribute to the book Sports Dentistry: Principles and Practice.

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