Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of oral and facial athletic injuries and related oral diseases and manifestations.
In sports, the challenge is to maximize the benefits of participation and to limit injuries. Sports dentistry has a major role to play in this area.
In some sports, the prevention of injury can be achieved through properly fitted mouth guards. These are the contact sports of football, boxing, martial arts and hockey. Other sports, traditionally classified as non contact sports, basketball, bicycle riding etc. also require properly fitted mouth guards, as dental injuries are unfortunately a negative aspect of participation in these sports.
First of all, it is essential to educate the public that stock and boil and bite mouth guards bought at sport stores do not provide the optimum protection.
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