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Mouthguards ‘important’ in preventing emergency dentistry


Mouthguards 'important' in preventing emergency dentistryFailure to wear a mouthguard when playing sport can significantly increase the risk of needing emergency dentistry, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Findings from research into the benefits of mouthguard protection, conducted in 2007, showed that failure to wear a shield increased the risk of injury 1.6 to 1.9 times.

While a further study into college basketball teams produced similar results with those athletes wearing mouthguards less likely to suffer dental injuries.

Matthew Messina, an ADA consumer adviser and general dentist, said: “A properly fitted mouthguard is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your mouth, cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw.”

He added that the benefits could be seen in both contact and non-contact sports and advised that children and adults should wear a mouthguard in all practice and training sessions to prevent injury.

The American Dental Association has 157,000 dentist members and is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world having been founded in 1859.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19810022-ADNFCR

Cosmetic dentistry ‘not always a laughing matter’


Short new webisodes are to be targeted at members of the public considering a teeth whitening procedure.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is launching its Straight from the Mouth initiative, which is made up of three-to-five minute podcasts covering a range of oral health information.

These will be posted monthly and are available for download on iTunes and

Commenting on their introduction, California-based dentist Ruchi Nijar Sahota said: "We’re having a lot of fun with these but at the heart of each episode is sound clinical and scientific information to help people maintain their oral health."

The first Straight from the Mouth episode concentrates on overcoming dental anxiety, which has caused some people to neglect their teeth and gums.

Other topics covered include dental care for children and dental care while travelling abroad.

People thinking of having a teeth whitening procedure to brighten up their smile are encouraged to visit a cosmetic dentist.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19384671-ADNFCR

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