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Click the image below to read:  Wisdom & Teeth by Dr Robert Robinson; Issue 9 of Football Medic & Scientist

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Dentists treating a patient at the Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) university medical center in Hamburg, Germany, 19 December 2016. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa
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The FMA are partnering with those universities whose undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are most relevant to our Members across all disciplines.

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DENTISTRY AND FOOTBALL

Dentistry is a branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and disorder of the oral cavity. A dentist is a qualified practitioner who is responsible for the management and treatment of everyday dental problems such as fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and root canal surgery and he will also provide preventative care such as dental cleaning, teeth whitening and the correct way to brush and floss the teeth.

The ordinary dental treatments are relative to prevent or to cure the two most common oral diseases, which are dental caries, and periodontal disease. Other common treatments are the restoration of teeth, extraction, scaling and root planning and endodontic root canal.

 

In Football

The role within the game:  Assisting in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial injuries.

Prevention includes the provision of well-fitting custom made mouth guards.

At the games you can provide immediate assistance with facial trauma sustained and be on hand to deal with any fractured and /or avulsed (lost) teeth

Help with the education of the players with regards to dietary implications and effect on oral health

You are involved in the maintaining of the general dental health of elite athletes

 

Entry Requirements:

Becoming a dentist involves at least five years’ study at dental school, followed by one or two years of supervised practice.

 

A-Level Requirements:

AAA   Biology and Chemistry required

 

The FMA recommends:

Membership of the FMA and its network of Dental Practitioners.
12 day course at UCL on “Sports Dentistry”

Membership of Academy for Sports Dentistry in USA and attending their “Team Dentist Course”

Use of the online Dental Trauma Guide is very useful