The role of dentistry in the sports is important, because it provides the athlete optimal oral health conditions which in turn can contribute to achievement of optimal performance during competitions.
Olympians are young and healthy, but they have a lot of dental issues.
Today, there is still a segment of dentistry that is minimally offered by dentists -- sports dentistry, whereby oral/facial injuries can be prevented. Oral/facial injuries include fractured, avulsed, or luxated teeth -- the majority, maxillary incisors -- as well as soft tissue injuries. Most professional athletic teams have team dentists. In contrast, few collegiate teams do, and at the high school and club levels they are almost nonexistent. How many offices offer custom-made mouthguards as often as prophies? Opportunity awaits.
The Academy for Sports Dentistry was founded in 1983 in San Antonio, Texas, as a forum for dentists, physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, dental technicians, and educators interested in exchanging ideas related to Sports Dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sports' injuries.
The journal publishes original scientific papers, review articles in the form of comprehensive reviews or mini reviews, relevant case reports and short communications about clinical methods and techniques.
Sports dentistry is an exciting adjunct to most dental practices that, for the most part, goes untapped...
The International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT) is a non-profit, public benefit professional organization whose mission is to promote optimal prevention, research, and treatment service in the field of traumatic dental injuries through interaction with dental and medical colleagues, the public, and interested parties in education, sports, industry and appropriate governmental agencies.
Sports dentistry is one of the most recent and upcoming field in dentistry. It mainly includes the prevention and management of athletics-related orofacial injuries and associated oral diseases.
Teeth are just as important as any other part of the body to the athlete and his athletic performance.