Early Bird Date Extended!!!
August 7th, 2019

Why do you need to attend this conference?

Do you know:

  • Although sports undeniably carry a considerable risk of traumatic dental injury, cross-sectional epidemiological studies conducted as early as in 1969 showed that most athletes actually suffered more common oral health problems such as dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth wear, pericoronitis or impacted third molar and even temporomandibular joint dysfunction1 (Ashley et al. 2015). 

  • In addition, it was revealed that athletes possessed specific risk factors for these conditions which often go unnoticed and unaddressed. These include nutritional factors (e.g. high dietary intake of carbohydrates), physiological changes (e.g. dry mouth and decreased salivary flow from mouth-breathing during exercise), and exercise-induced immune suppression. 

  • Other challenges include difficulty in accessing regular preventive care due to demanding training regimes, low levels of oral health literacy and beliefs among athletes and their support network, as well as lack of prioritisation of oral care within the sport administrators1,2 (Foster and Readman 2009, Bryant et al. 2011, Ashley et al. 2015, Needleman et al. 2014, Broad and Rye 2015). 

  • A prospective study carried out during the London Olympic Games in 2012 showed that dental consultations comprised 30% of all medical visits, which was second only to the musculoskeletal problems3 (Vanhegan et al. 2013). Self-reported questionnaire following a dental clinical assessment carried out during the event showed that more than 40% of the athletes were bothered by their oral health, with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance4 (Needleman et al. 2013). 

  • A recent study by UCL researchers observed that almost half of 352 UK athletes screened had caries with ICDAS code more than 3, 41.4% have erosive tooth wear, 77% have gingivitis and 21.6% have periodontal problem (BPE code 3 and 4)5 (Galagher et al. 2018).

  • Same study also revealed that 32.0% of the athletes reported an oral health-related impact on sports performance, 29.9% reported oral pain with 9.0% reported difficulty participating in normal training and competition, 5.8% on performance affected and 3.8% reported a reduction in training volume.

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So, there are more to learn about sport dentistry than just sports trauma and mouthguard. Come and join us for this new exciting ideas and learning. Looking forward to seeing you there!! 



  1. Ashley, P., Di Iorio, A., Cole, E., Tanday, A., & Needleman, I. (2015). Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(1), 14-19.

  2. Needleman, I., Ashley, P., Fine, P., Haddad, F., Loosemore, M., De Medici, A., ... & Jaques, R. (2014). Consensus statement: Oral health and elite sport performance. British Dental Journal, 217(10), 587.

  3. Vanhegan, I. S., Palmer-Green, D., Soligard, T., Steffen, K., O'connor, P., Bethapudi, S., & Engebretsen, L. (2013). The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games: an analysis of usage of the Olympic Village ‘Polyclinic’by competing athletes. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(7), 415-419.

  4. Needleman, I., Ashley, P., Petrie, A., Fortune, F., Turner, W., Jones, J., ... & Clough, T. (2013). Oral health and impact on performance of athletes participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games: a cross-sectional study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(16), 1054-1058.

  5. Gallagher, J., Ashley, P., Petrie, A., & Needleman, I. (2018). Oral health and performance impacts in elite and professional athletes. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 46(6), 563-568.

Prepared by: Dr. Norul Husna Muhammad Hassan


All lectures and workshops will be held in English.

CPD credits

Participant (Seminar Only)-Category A2 : 3 CPD Points
Participant (Full Day Workshop & Seminar)- Category A2&A3: 6 CPD Points


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