THE Irish Dental Association last night called for gumshields to be made compulsory in the GAA.
Figures from the IDA indicate one third of all adult dental injuries are sports-related, with Ireland having one of the highest rates of sports-related oral injuries in the EU.
Endodontist, Dr Pat Cleary, said that the wearing of gumshields is normal practice in many sports and believes a similar mindset must be adopted by Croke Park chiefs.
He said: “Hundreds of thousands of young people will be watching Cork and Down do battle on Sunday and if all the players were wearing gumshields it would send out a powerful message.”
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