Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

No Mouthguard, No Play

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

No Mouthguard, No Play

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TWO of Australia's leading health associations, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), have come together to approve the use of a Mouthguard Policy that all sports clubs can sign up to.

The Mouthguard Policy, which is available from the ADA and SMA websites, clearly outlines how sports clubs can commit to reducing the incidence of dental trauma that can occur from the playing of sport.

Dr Peter Alldritt, Chair of the ADA's Oral Health Committee, said "Every year thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard."

"Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face, which may otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.

"Dental injuries can result in time off school or work to recover, can be painful and disfiguring, may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment.

"The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a mouthguard". …

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