Call to prevent oral injuries in sport
18 Oct 2017 - 1:16
The prevention and management of oral injuries in elite sports was discussed as healthcare professionals from across Qatar convened for the latest installment of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) Grand Rounds, recently.
Dr Mohammed Jaber Alsaey (pictured), Director of Sports Dentistry and Consultant Oral Surgeon at Aspetar Orthopaedic Hospital, explained the most common types of oral injuries that are sustained by elite athletes, how and when to administer immediate dental care in the field, and how to reduce the risk of serious injury with specialist protective equipment and regular physical examinations.
“In many sports the mouth is one of the most exposed and vulnerable areas of an athlete’s body,” said Dr Alsaey. “Oral trauma can be acutely painful and can force athletes to withdraw from competition immediately and can keep them out for a long time. If not treated promptly and correctly oral trauma can lead to long-term dental problems that will impact the athlete’s quality of life and career. Therefore, sports dentistry is emerging as an important branch of dentistry to address the prevention and treatment of oral injury in sports.”
As part of its world-class sports medicine programme, Aspetar has emerged as one of the leading centres of sports dentistry in the Middle East. Dr Alsaey explained that a key element of sports dentistry is being able to make swift and accurate diagnoses in the sports arena in order to administer appropriate care without delay.