As recreational sport becomes more popular and the demands placed on professional athletes increase, the importance of good oral health is becoming recognised as essential to performance.
Recent research, much of it undertaken at the UCL Eastman Centre for Oral Health and Performance, has revealed that elite athletes often have higher levels of oral disease, tooth decay and gum inflammation than the ordinary population. Many have reported that this impacts negatively on their performance as well as their ability to eat, relax, sleep and smile.
Competitors in many sports are also exposed to increased risk of trauma during the course of play.
Our Sports Dentistry CPD course, which began in 2006, has taught many dentists who now have the expertise and confidence to treat athletes from a variety of sports, advise sporting bodies on dental issues, be available at sporting events and support medical colleagues either as a ‘field of play’ operator or in an advisory capacity in the surgery.
The CPD course, primarily engaged in dealing with and preventing sporting trauma to the dentition, has now evolved into this new comprehensive Master’s degree, where all aspects of oral health are considered, specifically with athletes in mind.
Sports Dentistry: Oral Health in Sport MSc
This new, part-time, flexible Master’s degree programme consists of three years on-line learning, with four days each year spent at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in the skills laboratory and discussing cases. The programme consists of year one, the certificate; year two, diploma and year three, a research project, leading to a Master’s in Sports Dentistry.
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We are also fortunate to be able to call upon experts from the field of Sports Medicine and nutrition to support our teaching.
Most learning takes place online with just four days a year spent at our CPD facilities which feature two skills labs with individual bays fully equipped as a dental operatory, lecture and seminar rooms and five full equipped surgeries. We also may visit other external facilities, such as sports laboratories.
Dr Peter Fine
Please contact us if you would like to visit the facilities described above. We are also planning to have a virtual taster day in 2019.