Delray Beach Dentist, Dr. Richard Staller Attends the Annual Academy for Sports Dentistry Convention
Team Dentist for Florida Atlantic University and the US Olympic Team, Dr. Richard Staller joined dentists who specialize in sports dentistry from around the world at the Academy for Sports Dentistry Convention.
The doctors met in New Orleans, Louisiana to meet to discuss how the dentist plays a role in an athlete’s health and concussion prevention. The Academy for Sports Dentistry is working alongside of the National Athletic Trainers Association to best serve the student athletes. Some of the courses were “Team Dentists Bring More to the Sports Medicine than a Mouthguard” by Jason Drury, MEd, LAT, ATC; “Team Dentist: Drugs and Athletes” by Leslie Rye, DDS, FASD, FAGD, FICD and “Immediate Recognition and Treatment of Dental Trauma” by Steve Mills, DDS, FASD.
Sports play a large role in our community and culture as a whole. Whether it be talk of concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) or injuries in pee wee football or little league, the importance of prevention of injuries is very important.
As a sports enthusiast, Dr. Richard Staller played with the Phillies in “Dream Week” where he was able to play alongside of some of the best baseball players in the world. Team Dentist for Florida Atlantic University for twenty years, Dr. Staller understands the importance of sports in our education systems as well as ensuring the athletes have adequate protection. Often times, the only opportunity a young person has to attend a University is through sports. As doctors, it is their role to ensure the best equipment is available to help prevent injuries and the most recent technology is utilized to ensure this.
Staller’s team at Advanced Dentistry South Florida helps to make custom fitted mouthguards for all the players at Florida Atlantic University to help reduce concussions.
With various types of mouthguards, the custom guards allow for the athlete to breathe better while wearing a mouthguard that will not just fall out when the mouth is opened. Regardless of age, anyone who is playing a sport should be wearing a mouthguard.
“It’s always heartbreaking to see a young person come into my office with a dental injury that was completely preventable if just a mouthguard would have been worn.”- Staller says. The average cost to replace a tooth that has been knocked out over a lifetime is over $10,000. When looking at the cost of a mouthguard as to the cost to replace a tooth, it is truly a no brainer! Just the cost savings alone is enough reason to wear one, but if that’s not enough reason, think of the time you could go with no front tooth. Some people may look at is as a battle scar, most people would rather not have to think about missing a front tooth.
For more information about the Academy for Sports Dentistry or Sports Dentistry, visit https://ad-sf.com/sports-dentistry/.