Dental Trauma and Sports Dentistry: Prevention and Treatment

Stephen Mills, DDS
Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Code: T Cost: TBD

CE Credits: 3 Hour Lecture |  Subject: Sports Dentistry |  Recommended for: All Attendees

Sports play a very important part in the lives of many of our patients. Not just high-level and professional athletes, but kids and weekend warriors as well. Most players put themselves at risk of dental injuries when participating in these activities. Sports dentistry is the part of sports medicine that, in addition to other things, deals with the treatment and prevention of these injuries. How to handle dental injury emergencies and how to prevent them from happening is important for the dental professional, especially in the context of the active athlete. In addition, it is critical that dentists be able to communicate with other sports medical personnel, parents, coaches, and school nurses if injuries occur.

This presentation will make the listener comfortable dealing with trauma to the permanent teeth and familiarize everyone with the 2020 International Association of Dental Traumatology’s Guidelines for Dental Trauma. We will discuss the history, functions, and effectiveness of the modern athletic mouthguard. We will also touch on several topics where sports and dentistry connect for the health and safety of today’s athlete, such as nutrition and sports drinks, smokeless tobacco use, and how oral health is being investigated as to its impact on athletic performance. This will be a varied and evidence-based presentation showing real-life cases, videos, and information collected over a forty-year career as a pediatric and sports dentist. It is meant for dentists primarily but will be of use to any dental professional who deals with athletes of any age or skill level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the functions and effectiveness of the Modern Athletic Mouthguard.
  • Learn how to fabricate a Heat Pressure Laminate mouthguard.
  • Learn the characteristics of the ideal mouthguard
  • Learn the risks of Sports Beverages.
  • Be introduced to how oral health could potentially impact Sports Performance.
  • Learn the basic ideas of the risk for Dental Trauma while participating in certain sports.
  • Learn the difference between injury Incidence (rate) and Prevalence (risk).
  • Become familiar with the Basic Trauma guidelines for Permanent tooth Trauma based on the 2020 IADT Guidelines and put them into the perspective of the Active Athlete.

About the Speaker:

Stephen Mills, DDS is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and practices in Scarborough, Maine. He completed his DDS Degree at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Dentistry in 1981. After three years on active duty in the US Army, he obtained his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry of the University of Connecticut in 1987 and achieved board certification in Pediatric Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Mills’ current activities center on his interest in sports-related orofacial injury treatment and prevention and his involvement with the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD). He lectures widely on Sports Dentistry and Athletic Mouthguards and serves as a team dentist for the University of New England. Dr. Mills serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Children’s Oral Health for the State of Maine. Financial Relationship – none reported

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