The most obvious task is preventing and treating oral-facial injuries, considered the most common type of injury in sport. Mouthguards are commonly used to protect teeth, but they also reduce the incidence and severity of concussions. Besides causing pain and discomfort, dental injuries and disease can interfere with training and competition time. Some procedures such as extractions also need to be done during the off-season for impact sports. Dental disease can also impact nutrition and thus the physical condition.
Dental care can also identify habits and conditions associated with certain sports that put oral health at risk, such as oral cancer from chewing tobacco or dental damage from eating disorders.
The Globe & Mail recently published an interesting article about the Canadian olympic dental program.
If you want to find out more about your dental needs in relation to your sport, contact the office for an appointment with one of our doctors.