Journal of Oral Science and Health
Masaki Suzuki1* and Hiroki Toyoda2*
1 Yasuragi Dental clinic, Yasuragi Medical Center 3rd floor, 1-21-16, Mukojuku, Chuo ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
2 Department of Oral Physiology, Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, 1-8 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, Japan
In the present study, we have evaluated the oral health condition of 15 professional soccer players in Shizuoka. A questionnaire was undertaken before examining oral conditions. Subsequently, we evaluated the oral condition with reference to the DMF index that was obtained from decayed (D), missing (M) and filled (F) teeth. We found that the mean values of D, M and F teeth were 0.7 ± 1.4, 7.5 ± 5.1 and 0, respectively. The mean (±SD) DMF index in 15 soccer players was 8.2 ± 5.0. These results suggest that although the soccer players have been undergoing periodical dental screening and dental follow-up, their oral health conditions are not necessarily good. Because oral health is an important element to optimize players’ performance, providing dental care education to the player themselves as well as their staff could be necessary.