Research: FOSTER and READMAN,

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Abstract

FOSTER and READMAN, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia provides an overview of dental conditions that commonly affect individuals competing in all levels of sport.

Background

This paper provides an overview of dental conditions that commonly affect individuals competing in all levels of sport. Athletes represent a group of individuals who possess specific risk factors for various dental diseases and related injuries.

Methodology

These patients are at greater risk of dental caries, dental erosion and traumatic dental injuries. Therefore, a clear understanding of these conditions is vital for those practitioners who are involved in the dental care of these patients.

Results

The early diagnosis and management of dental conditions that affect athletes will ensure sound dental health is preserved for these high risk patients.

Conclusion

The clinician needs to be aware of a variety of dental conditions that can prevent significant dental trauma and acute manifestations at the time of competition.

References

Foster M and Readman P. Sports dentistry--what's it all about?. Dental Update.  36(3): 135-8, 141-4. Apr 2009. [Reprint in SADJ 64(5): 198, 200-2. 204 passim; PMID: 19725331. Jun 2009.].

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