Short courses


Sports Dentistry: Oral Health in Sport

  • 13 hours
  • 2 days


This course is a two-day, face-to-face learning experience which aims to teach you how to look after both elite and recreational athletes.

You'll learn whether to consider athletes differently to any other patient, the role that the dentist can play in elite sport, how to deal with pitch-side oro-facial trauma, and the role of nutrition in the care of athletes.

This course aims to:

  • introduce the concept of sports dentistry
  • establish the need for expert dentists in this field
  • teach the initial treatment of athletes
  • develop the role of the dentist in sport

The course is a combination of didactic and hands-on teaching. This professional development experience is unique to UCL Eastman Dental Institute, where much of the contemporary research has been undertaken. The course is taught by experts in sports dentistry and is an opportunity to see at close quarters how sport has embraced the role that dentists can play in supporting athletes.

The course is run by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London which has a broad range of continuing professional development (CPD) short courses. These provide hands-on training from experienced staff in dedicated facilities.

Course content

Day 1 Introduction to sports dentistry

Morning lectures

  • introduction to sports dentistry: why we need sports dentists
  • aetiology of sporting dental trauma

Afternoon practical

  • taking accurate study casts
  • occlusal examination

Day 2: The impact of oral health on athletic performance

Morning lectures

  • educating athletes and supporting the team
  • screening in professional sport

Afternoon practical

  • dealing with the fractured incisor
  • treatment planning for elite athletes

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify dental issues commonly experienced by athletes
  • deal with dental trauma in a predictable, efficient manner
  • see how you can fit into the sports medicine family
  • offer your skills to local sports clubs

Who this course is for

You'll need to hold an approved dental qualification.

Structure and teaching

Each day runs from approximately 9:30am to 5pm.

Morning lectures will cover the background of sports dentistry, biological and clinical concepts, backed up with literature evidence for each topic.

Afternoon practicals will follow and include a Q & A at the end of each day.

CPD points and certificate

You'll earn 13 hours verifiable CPD and a certificate of attendance.

Quality controls

All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

Course team

Peter Fine - Course Leader

Peter Fine - Course Leader

Peter is a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and has been in general dental practice for over 40 years.

Peter has been lead for the sports dentistry courses at UCL Eastman Dental Institute for 6 years and in that time has developed the subject from simply dealing with trauma to professional and amateur sportsmen and women to understanding the dental needs of athletes and the role that GDPs can play in supporting athletes with respect to dental/oral health.

In September 2019, he launched the Sports Dentistry: Oral Health in Sport MSc at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. After dealing with professional sportsmen and women in practice Peter now develops the next generation of dentists with a keen interest in sport to be able to treat and advise athletes, schools and medical colleagues about the role of dentistry in sport.

Dr John Haughey

Dr John Haughey

Practising in Ireland, John provides sports dentistry support to multiple athletes, including Olympians, professional team sport athletes and professional individual sport athletes. He's provided sports dentistry support for major competitions including internationally.

John researched the effect of the lower jaw position on athletic performance, while completing his MSc in neuromuscular therapy, and contributed a chapter to the sports dentistry book Sports Dentistry: Principles and Practice. He's a Clinical Teaching Fellow (Sports Dentistry & Oral Health) for UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London and helps deliver the Sports Dentistry: Oral Health in Sport MSc there.

Learner reviews

Review of previous six-day Sport Dentistry CPD course:

"The course was excellent, mainly due to the care and effort by Peter. As a dentist to local professional football, rugby league and ice hockey teams, this course was perfect for my professional development. The course was relevant, the diversity of aspects dealt with in the course, and the detail and thoroughness covered was, I am sure, unparalleled. Peter is an asset to your organisation and the range of speakers and activities that he provided were pertinent to our practice. Also the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals has been rewarding."

"I found the breadth and depth of the course exceptionally good, with a great diversity in topics covered. This has been my first university based CPD course for many years, and I found the update on the different clinical concepts quite useful, which is the part I would say is most applied to my everyday practice. I have not 'specialised' myself as a 'sports dentist' yet, but would have more confidence in approaching a sports team having taken this course."

Course information last modified: 22 Jan 2020, 13:19