Tuesday 24 October 2017

Giving teeth a sporting chance

One in five Irish children and adolescents is affected by dental trauma
One in five Irish children and adolescents is affected by dental trauma

Parents are urged to ensure their children wear properly fitting mouthguards when playing contact sports.

Dr Anne O'Connell, consultant in paediatric dentistry and director of the Trauma Clinic at Dublin Dental University Hospital, pointed out one in five Irish children and adolescents is affected by dental trauma.

"A good fitting mouthguard will cover all the teeth on to the gum and should not drop when speaking," she says.

"Unfortunately too many children here are using ill-fitting mouth guards. For example, many of the 'boil and bite' type are not being heated appropriately and are failing to cover the teeth or are loose. Clearly this compromises their ability to offer effective protection.

"In Ireland one in four pre-schoolers has a dental trauma and children who have had an injury or who have prominent teeth may also need to wear mouthguards depending on the organised activity. It's also important that toddlers who have had a dental trauma are assessed on an ongoing basis as their permanent teeth may be affected."

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