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Experience Scientifically Sound Dental Care: Test your inflammation status at the Lumoral booth at FIBO 2024

Experience Scientifically Sound Dental Care: Test your inflammation status at the Lumoral booth at FIBO 2024

If you want to improve your athletic performance, there are many things you can do. Contrary to popular belief, maintaining optimal oral health can significantly impact athletic performance, as confirmed by recent scientific studies.

Recent research has highlighted the close connection between gum inflammation (gingivitis/periodontitis) and athletic performance. According to leading experts, severity of inflammation directly correlates with decreased performance in activities such as weightlifting and fitness tests. 

Gingivitis, characterized by inflammation of the gums due to plaque buildup, and periodontitis, a more severe condition affecting both the gums and the supporting jawbone, are prevalent oral health issues. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications. 

To address this critical issue, Finnish scientists have developed a revolutionary solution designed to combat plaque and inflammation effectively. Lumoral utilizes innovative light-activated technology, scientifically proven in numerous studies, to target and eliminate harmful oral bacteria, which is associated with 95 % of all oral diseases. 

Annimari is one of the fastest Finnish 100-meter hurdle runners ever. Since adding antibacterial light-activated treatment to her oral hygiene routine, Annimari has noticed a significant improvement in her gum health. 

Test your inflammation status! 

Attendees of the FIBO event, taking place at the Exhibition Centre Cologne, Germany, from April 11th to 14th, will have the exclusive opportunity to test their inflammation status at the Lumoral booth (Hall 5.2 Stand B 42). Through a quick and simple test, participants can determine whether inflammatory processes are occurring in their mouths, providing valuable insights into their oral health status. The test, worth € 60, is free of charge at the FIBO event.

Furthermore, attendees can learn more about the future of oral care. Lumoral offers targeted inflammation control, enabling athletes and individuals alike to maintain optimal oral health and enhance their performance. By incorporating Lumoral into their dental care routine, professionals, recreational and age group athletes can prevent tooth and gum disease, paving the way for improved athletic performance and overall well-being. 

- We are excited to unveil Lumoral's groundbreaking research at FIBO, highlighting the profound impact of oral health on athletic performance, said Sakari Nikinmaa, CEO at Koite Health Ltd.  

Don't miss the opportunity to discover the future of dental care and its implications for athletic performance at FIBO. Visit the Lumoral booth to learn more about this innovative solution and take the first step towards a healthier, more successful lifestyle. You can also attend the two lectures on this topic, one on Saturday at 10:00 and the other on Sunday at 16:40. The lectures will take place in the Nutrition & Diagnostics Area in Hall 4.2.

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Annimari Korte - "No more colds since I began focusing on my oral health."

Annimari Korte - "No more colds since I began focusing on my oral health."

Annimari Korte (35) is renowned for her sports track achievements and extensive sports career. However, many may need to realize that she is also a passionate advocate for oral health within and beyond the athletic arena. While a recent ADHD diagnosis may have come as a surprise in her life, for Korte, it brought a sense of relief.

Annimari is one of the fastest Finnish 100-meter hurdle runners ever and has represented Finland in several major competitions. Although she has decided to end her competitive career after this season, her goals remain high.

"The European Championships in early June are one of my main goals. I already reached the qualifying time last summer, so I don't need to chase any more limits, but I need to be in top shape by May," she says.

Annimari must meet the qualifying time to qualify for the Olympics or be ranked high enough by the end of June.

"It would be great to end my career at another Olympics. For most individual athletes in the world, competing in the Olympics is their biggest dream. It was a dream come true for me, too."

Elite Sports Challenge Oral Health

Success as a top athlete has not been a given for Korte. Illness forced her to even give up competitive sports from 2012 to 2017. It could be due to these setbacks that supporting overall health and oral well-being has always played an important role in her life.

Annimari points out that elite sports are one of the significant risk factors for oral diseases. According to one study, cavities are found in up to 70 per cent of elite athletes, tooth erosion in nearly 40 per cent, and severe gum disease in up to 15 per cent of dedicated athletes. (1)

"Athletes, in addition to their bodies, often put their teeth under strain because rigorous training requires sufficient energy intake. This can be reflected in the frequency of meals and acid attacks formed in the mouth," says Annimari.

Heavy breathing during intense training reduces saliva production in the mouth, causing dryness in the athlete's mouth. Saliva naturally provides good protection for teeth. When this is no longer the case, bacteria in the mouth can form cavities.

Annimari uses the Finnish researchers' developed light-activated Lumoral treatment as part of her regular oral hygiene routine.

"It's great that a device has been invented to help maintain oral health. Many don't realize how much oral health affects overall health and sports performance - including athletic performance," she says.

Annimari admits that training and top-level competition are much more challenging as one ages. Few over 30 can compete or train without any injuries, and dealing with them requires more effort than when younger. That's why taking care of health and healthy habits has been essential to her.

"Recovery is slower, and you can't train as much. It takes more time to recover from competitions and travel. So, you must try to eliminate all the extra stresses from training and focus only on the essential things. Experience, of course, brings the advantage of knowing what kind of training works for you and being able to train accordingly."

Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Studies show that a long-standing infection in the mouth can cause low-grade inflammation in the body. Low-grade inflammation, in turn, has harmful effects on overall health. The inflammation can be present in the body without one being aware.

Annimari has noticed that her gum problems have eased since starting Lumoral use. This has been particularly important to her as a competitive athlete, as gum inflammation can maintain a mild inflammatory state in the body, adversely affecting overall health and thus also the progress of training.

Visible improvements in oral health have motivated Annimari to use Lumoral regularly for about a year and a half now.

"After starting to use Lumoral, I noticed that my gums no longer bleed when cleaning between my teeth. This has been a significant improvement compared to the initial situation. I've been using Lumoral since the beginning of last year, and I haven't even had a cold since. Last spring, I was able to train so well and healthily that I ran 12.83, which was my best time in three years!"

Annimari's oral hygiene routine includes daily mechanical brushing, cleaning between her teeth, and regular Lumoral treatment. (2, 3, 4)

If there's ever been a lapse in my Lumoral usage, I've observed my gums beginning to ache, signaling a potential recurrence of gum inflammation. Recognizing this, I promptly resume Lumoral treatment, and remarkably, after just one session, my gum condition improves."

Life Beyond the Racetracks

Annimari is ending her competitive career after this season. What thoughts does the decision to end her racing career evoke in her?

"For someone like me, it's probably unusually easy to end a top athlete career, as I've done it once for several years. Many people experience a crisis when their sports career ends, but I'm looking forward to enjoying normal life more and starting proper training with my dogs," says Annimari.

Sport has always been Annimari's passion and way of life, but now she looks forward to new adventures and opportunities. As early as next autumn, she plans to compete in sled dog racing with her Siberian husky, Cairo.

Last September, the sprint hurdler received confirmation of ADHD, a condition she had suspected for a long time. Getting the diagnosis was a relief to her because it explained many things in her life.

"I had considered the possibility of an ADHD diagnosis three years ago, but it slipped my mind afterwards. Even last winter, I mentioned it aloud once. These are typical symptoms of ADHD; thoughts and plans often fade into oblivion or are easily forgotten."

"The diagnosis was a big relief and explained many events, problems, and accidents in life."

Korte's openness about her ADHD diagnosis and its impact on her life is essential in fighting stigma and supporting others in similar situations. She now wants to encourage everyone concerned about their health to seek help if necessary.

"While ADHD certainly has its drawbacks, it can also be a significant advantage as an athlete. ADHD includes hyperfocus, where something interesting makes everything else forgotten, and everything can be focused on that one thing. For me, this has been hurdle running."

"ADHD doesn't prevent success, but it certainly helps when you find your own thing. I would encourage young people with ADHD to try out many different hobbies, where they can find their interests and utilize this hyperfocus."


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FAQs related to the article's topic: 

What preventive measures can endurance athletes take, in addition to the above measures, to protect their oral health during training and competitions?

Endurance athletes can protect their oral health by maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, avoiding snacking on sugary foods, and using fluoride mouthwash to strengthen tooth enamel. During endurance training, it is good to take a sip of plain water after consuming energy.

Are there long-term studies or surveys showing that better oral health affects the performance of endurance athletes?

There has been much research and many studies on the subject, and new research results are constantly being published. Here are a few highlights:

  • Vougiouklakis G et al. Dental data of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Ashley P. (2015, January 27). Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review. Retrieved from British Journal Of Sports Medicine.
  • Gallagher J, Ashley P, Petrie A, Needleman I. Oral health and performance impacts in elite and professional athletes. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol.
  • Frese C, Frese F, Kuhlman S, Reljic D, Saure D, Staehle H, Wolff D. (2014, May 9). Effect of endurance training on dental erosion, caries, and saliva.
  • Oral health and sports performance in elite athletes (Perio talks podcast, also available on Spotify).

How do the acidity and sugar content of different sports drink and gel brands compare, and which ones are safer for teeth?

The acidity and sugar content of sports drinks and gels vary greatly between different brands; choosing products with a neutral pH level can help minimize tooth erosion. Citric acid is often added to energy gels as an additional ingredient to enhance flavor. However, it should be avoided as it increases the risk of erosion. For more detailed insights, it's best to consult a dentist or nutritionist.

World's Fastest Dental Nurse Aims for the Olympics

World's Fastest Dental Nurse Aims for the Olympics

Finnish sprinting star Aino Pulkkinen (25) has successfully combined a rising athletic career with a profession as a dental nurse at a dental clinic in Jyväskylä, Finland. Balancing high-level sports and a day job is not always easy, but it's achievable with careful planning and strong support from her work team. 

Aino Pulkkinen, from Äänekoski, a small town in Central Finland, represents the Finnish sports team Jyväskylän Kenttäurheilijat and has been coached by Olympic Youth Coach in speed and power training Petteri Jouste since 2017. 

Pulkkinen has won numerous national-level medals and has represented Finland in several international competitions over the past few years. Currently, she holds the Finnish record in the 150-meter run, and last summer, she set records in each distance of 100m, 200m, and 400m. Her journey as a top athlete has been steadily progressing, and in the last two years, she has had the opportunity to represent Finland in international championships. 

— Last summer, I represented Finland in the European Championships, and this summer, I got to participate in the World Championships in Budapest. The World Championships were always a dream for me. The fact that I got to participate was a pleasant surprise. The competitions were fantastic and added more motivation to my training. Next year, there are again the Olympics and the European Championships, hints Pulkkinen. 

Sports from an Early Age 

Pulkkinen graduated as a dental nurse a year ago and has been working at the Oral Hammaslääkärit clinic in Jyväskylä since February. Working in the oral health service profession provides a suitable balance to the life of a competitive athlete—intense training sessions and the rigours of competitions. However, without her employer's flexibility, support, and encouragement, managing a day job and a tight training schedule would be impossible. 

— Work hours are always adjusted according to my training schedule, depending on whether the competition season is underway. Usually, I work at least a couple of shifts per week, but if training allows, I'm happy to take on more work shifts, says Pulkkinen. 

Pulkkinen has been involved in athletics since the age of four. Until the age of 17, she combined sprinting with long jump. For the past eight years, she has focused on running. Now, her goal is the upcoming Paris Olympics. Despite the challenging qualification standards for the Olympics, Pulkkinen is motivated to do everything possible to secure her spot in an individual event or a relay race. 

— Last year, my coach and I found a training solution that works for me. It has already produced significant results, Pulkkinen said. 

She engages in 6 to 10 training sessions each week. 

— Currently, I have training sessions every day except Sunday. On workdays, if I have training, it's either after or before work. 

Setting an Example for Others 

Studies in dental nursing have brought oral health issues to Pulkkinen's attention in a new way. She is eager to share this newfound knowledge, especially concerning the benefits of the antibacterial Lumoral treatment, which she has become familiar with over the past year. 

— If there has ever been a bit of laziness in brushing teeth and cleaning between them, now I do it diligently. I remember to do it and understand its real significance, she says. 

She has also started raising awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health and athletic performance, especially within sports circles. This is supported by research, as high-performance sports is one of the significant risk factors for the onset of oral diseases. 

According to one study, cavities are found in up to 70 per cent of elite athletes, dental erosion in almost 40 per cent, and severe gum disease (periodontitis) in up to 15 per cent of individuals engaged in competitive sports (1). 

Several possible reasons exist for the increase in inflammatory oral diseases among elite athletes. Physical stress is one of the most significant factors. Intensive training increases the body's stress levels, directly affecting oral health and susceptibility to various gum diseases. 

Physical stress alters saliva composition during training and reduces its secretion. Frequent mouth breathing during training and dehydration further increase dryness in the mouth. According to Pulkkinen, all these factors expose teeth to cavities and dental erosion and contribute to the onset of inflammatory oral diseases. 

Considering What Goes into the Mouth 

Pulkkinen emphasizes the significant impact of diet on athletes' oral health. Rigorous training programs require regular eating, often supplemented with "sports nutrition" such as carbohydrate gels and bars consumed during training. This further stresses oral health by increasing the daily number of acid attacks in the mouth. Many athletes consume sports drinks, especially during intensive training and competitions. 

— At this point, being aware of the constant snacking and the impact of energy drinks on the mouth, it's a bit unpleasant to consume foods and beverages that are harmful to oral health. However, as an athlete, I need sufficient energy and hydration to run fast and achieve my personal best. 

— Thanks to my studies, I have reduced my use of sports drinks a lot, but during the summer, especially during the competition season, I increase their consumption to avoid muscle cramps or other harm to the body. At the same time, it's good to enhance the use of Lumoral and overall oral hygiene even more. 

Pulkkinen has been using the antibacterial teeth cleaning method since late autumn, and she has already noticed that the antibacterial oral care method brings a new level of cleanliness to her mouth after using the device. 

— I have noticed that tartar quickly accumulates on my teeth. I hope that Lumoral will also help with that aspect. On the other hand, when you drink coffee, it causes stains. I also believe that the device will help with that. 

— I have been using Lumoral for about a month, and it's easy to use. Especially when I eat a bit unhealthier food or consume sports drinks, I use the antibacterial teeth cleaning method. I just visited the dental hygienist to remove minor tartar and stains from my teeth, so I can now monitor how it helps maintain cleaner teeth!