Survey of dentists finds gaelic football is the sport which results in most dental injuries for children

07 February 2014 Categories: Uncategorized


Gaelic football is the sport which causes the most dental injuries for children, followed by hurling and rugby, according to a new survey of dentists .

Forty five per cent of respondents said gaelic caused the most dental injuries, with hurling and rugby in joint second on 33%.

IDA figures indicate Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related.

Gum shields became mandatory for juveniles playing gaelic last year and only became compulsory for adult players on the first of January.

In something of a surprise cycling was next on 21% ahead of both soccer and hockey on 18.5%.

Over 130 dentists from all over the country took part in the survey. IDA President Dr. Sean Malone said the findings showed the importance of wearing a gum shield or helmet when partaking in sports.

“We welcomed the GAA’s gum shield rule when it was introduced but it’s important that it is now strictly enforced. The rule in every club for juveniles and adults should be the same – ‘no gum shield, no game’. Given these figures the IDA believes the gum shield rule should also apply to hurling and we hope the GAA will introduce a similar measure for that sport in the near future” Dr Malone said.