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Qudeimat MA, AlHasan AA, AlHasan MA, Al-Khayat K, Andersson L. Dent. Traumatol. 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Medicine, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden.


(Copyright © 2019, John Wiley and Sons)






BACKGROUND/AIMS: Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are prevalent among soccer players. In Kuwait, no studies of TDI among soccer players have been carried out. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence, type, and causes of soccer-related traumatic dental injuries among 7-18-year-old amateur soccer players.

METHODS: All amateur soccer players who were registered in the 14 sports clubs in the country were invited to participate in this screening study. Players who were present in the club on the assigned examination day were included. The players were examined by two trained and calibrated paediatric dentists for signs of injury to the oral tissues. Injury diagnosis was made according to the Andreasen (2007) epidemiological dental injury classification. The history of any dental injury present at the time of examination was recorded. The timing and nature of any dental advice or treatment sought was also noted.

RESULTS: Six hundred sixty-seven (48% inclusion rate) male players were included (mean age of 13.4 ± 2.6 years). In total, 213 injured teeth were observed among 169 (25%) players. The prevalence of soccer-related injuries was 11% and a greater number of injuries were observed in older players. Maxillary central incisors were the most frequently injured teeth (91%), and enamel-only fractures represented 60% of all injured teeth. Slightly more TDIs were soccer-related (44%) compared to non-soccer-related injuries (39%) and a large number of TDIs (39%) occurred inside the sports clubs. The prevalence of reported soft tissue injuries was 18%. The majority of the players (75%) did not receive dental care for their injuries.

CONCLUSIONS: A significant number of young Kuwaiti amateur soccer players suffered TDIs. In addition, a high percentage of traumatic injuries were not treated, and there was a lack of the use of protective mouthguards. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Language: en


; Football; Soccer; amateur; permanent teeth; prevalence; trauma


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