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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-74

Traumatic orofacial injuries and its prevention


Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India

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Deeksha Gijwani
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, H.H Garden, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
India
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_3_17

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Sports dentistry is one of the most recent and upcoming fields in dentistry. Its main focus is on the prevention and management of athletics-related orofacial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports. The most significant aspect in preventing sports-related orofacial injuries is wearing basic protective devices such as properly fitting helmets, face masks, and/or mouthguards. Many athletes are not aware of the health implications of a traumatic injury to the mouth or of the potential for incurring severe head and orofacial injuries while playing. The dentist can play an imperative role in informing athletes, coaches, and patients about the importance of preventing orofacial injuries in sports. The aim of this paper is to increase professional awareness and interest for orientation toward sports dentistry.


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