DENTISTRY AND FOOTBALL
Dentistry is a branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and disorder of the oral cavity. A dentist is a qualified practitioner who is responsible for the management and treatment of everyday dental problems such as fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and root canal surgery and he will also provide preventative care such as dental cleaning, teeth whitening and the correct way to brush and floss the teeth.
The ordinary dental treatments are relative to prevent or to cure the two most common oral diseases, which are dental caries, and periodontal disease. Other common treatments are the restoration of teeth, extraction, scaling and root planning and endodontic root canal.
The role within the game: Assisting in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial injuries.
Prevention includes the provision of well-fitting custom made mouth guards.
At the games you can provide immediate assistance with facial trauma sustained and be on hand to deal with any fractured and /or avulsed (lost) teeth
Help with the education of the players with regards to dietary implications and effect on oral health
You are involved in the maintaining of the general dental health of elite athletes
Becoming a dentist involves at least five years’ study at dental school, followed by one or two years of supervised practice.
AAA Biology and Chemistry required
Becoming a dentist comprises three stages:
To qualify as a dentist you must complete five years’ training for a degree at university. You will spend much of the five years learning practical skills as well as attending academic lectures and seminars. You will get experience of a range of hospital and community clinics where you will treat patients under close supervision.
The FMPA recommends:
Membership of the FMPA and its network of Dental Practitioners.
12 day course at UCL on “Sports Dentistry”
Membership of Academy for Sports Dentistry in USA and attending their “Team Dentist Course”
Use of the online Dental Trauma Guide is very useful