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Sports Dentistry In Nigeria
Anecdotal evidence suggests that Sports dentistry has not been adequately focused on in Nigeria. While dental and facial injuries occur in sports, limited knowledge of the role the dentist can play in the treatment of these injuries has precluded his inclusion in sports medical teams.
Some sports related dental and facial injuries are preventable. The use of appropriate protective devices like helmet, face mask and mouthguard have been known to reduce these injuries. Apart from boxing there appears to be no other sports where protective devices are regularly used in Nigeria. To enhance performance and maximum participation in sporting events, athletes, officials and sports administrators in Nigeria ought to be made aware of these protective devices. This article therefore reviews the important role of dentistry in sports.
Keywords: Sports Dentistry, Orofacial Injuries, Protective Wears
Annals of Biomedical Science Vol. 1 (1) 2002: pp. 11-17