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Sports dentistry meeting Aug. 1-3

Philadelphia—From hands-on continuing education to inspiring messages from world class athletes and leaders in the field, the Academy for Sports Dentistry's 31st Annual Symposium Aug. 1-3 features an action-packed lineup for dentists who want to step up their game in working with sports dentistry patients.

"This year, our planning committee wanted to ramp up the level of presentations and the variety of topics for all of our attendees," said Dr. Rick Knowlton, 2013 annual meeting chair. "Because Philly is one of the hot beds for dental education as well as sporting activities, we gathered some of the top speakers in both the fields of dentistry and athletics to present at our symposium, with the theme 'Enhancing the Vision of Sports Dentistry.'"

Courses will cover the variety of roles the team dentist plays; recognition and treatment of dental trauma, preparation and readiness from preseason to game time; and medication use for athletes. Other topics include legal considerations for team dentists; recent changes in the treatment of avulsions; how to effectively market sports dentistry skills, sleep apnea issues for athletes; evaluation and management of concussions; and effective restoration of anterior teeth after trauma. The symposium also features a variety of hands-on workshops, including custom mouthguard fabrication, intra-oral suturing; and comprehensive oral cancer screening, lesion assessment and biopsy techniques.

Dr. Steve Perlman, founder and global clinical director of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program, will discuss screening protocol, referral and sports injury prevention for patients with developmental disabilities. William Moreau, D.C., managing director of sports medicine of the United States Olympic Committee will speak on improving dentistry for Olympic athletes. Professional mountain climber Sam Elias will share photos and videos and recount his experiences as an athlete, including his Mt. Everest climb and how he has dealt with training stress and injuries on his road to becoming a world-class athlete.

The welcome reception, continental breakfasts, exhibition, recognition lunch and the president's reception are included in the registration fee. The meeting will convene at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City. A special group rate for hotel rooms is available for the meeting.

For more details or to register, visit the website: academyforsportsdentistry.org.