Sports dentistry should encompass much more than mouth guard fabrication and the treatment of fractured teeth. As dental professionals, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and the community regarding the issues related to sports dentistry and specifically to the prevention of sports-related oral and maxillofacial trauma. The American Dental Association publishes brochures that explain the different types of mouth guards and their advantages. A field emergency kit is a simple and inexpensive item for the dentist attending a sporting event (see Table 2).
“Fitting mouth guards is a perfect activity for a dental society,” according to a Professor of Prosthodontics at the University of Texas-San Antonio Dental School. “You simply get a group of dentists together at the school and begin making impressions. It spreads out the costs and cuts down on the time. And it’s worthwhile.” A general dentist in San Marcos, Texas, and the dentist for the Southwest Texas State University football team indicates, “It’s a great practice builder. I don’t charge for my time or the materials to make a mouth guard. I do it for free. As a result, we get a lot of referrals.”
As dental professionals your role should include: