Dentists issue new guidelines on mouthguards
IDA President says new GAA rule must be enforced
Friday 25th January 2013. The Irish Dental Association has issued new guidelines on the use of mouthguards and urged gaelic football referees and coaches to strictly enforce new rules on their mandatory use by juvenile players
From the 1st of January it is compulsory for juvenile gaelic footballers to wear mouthguards in football games and training.
In advance of a practise management seminar in Croke Park which will be attended by 180 dentists from all round the country, the IDA approved a public information document which sets out the key points on mouthguards.
Speaking at the launch of the seminar, the President of the Association, Dr Andrew Bolas said he was concerned at reports that several college footballers were photographed playing without mouthguards in Munster and Leinster games earlier this week.
“Previously we had urged the GAA to bring in this rule and we warmly welcomed it when it was introduced. However strict enforcement from the start is key as we have seen from the success of the ‘no mouthguard no play’ approach adopted by other codes from under 6 right up to minor/u18 level” Dr Bolas said.
According to the new document the majority of traumatic dental injuries occur to the upper front teeth in adults and children. “The use of a properly fitting mouth guard can reduce the incidence of injuries to the teeth and surrounding tissues. A mouth guard should fit properly, adequately cover the teeth and stay in position during impact.”
The new guide urges all those involved in organised sporting activities from players to coaches to managers to be aware of how to deal with unexpected dental trauma as immediate attention is required to maximise the successful outcome of any dental injury.
Dr Bolas said he frequently get called into Sligo General Hospital to treat the results of sports related injuries.
“Some injuries to teeth from a clash of heads or a stray elbow can be quite horrific, with teeth broken, displaced or completely knocked out. It is well worthwhile talking to your dentist about the best options. While customised mouthguards are more expensive initially, they do provide the best comfort and protection and could well prove much cheaper in the long run” Dr Bolas concluded.
The Association says members will be encouraged to place the document in a prominent position in their surgeries. The document is also available atwww.dentist.ie
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