Cyclists suffering tooth related injuries is on the up, says research

By Thomas Dodd

Cyclists in London are quite literally having the smiles wiped off their faces as a result of accidents and crashes in and around the capital.

In the last seven years more than 200 riders have required specialist hospital treatment for traumatic injuries to their teeth, with some even needing reconstructive surgery.

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These numbers have been provided by King’s College Hospital, which runs a specialist adult dental trauma clinic.

The centre deals with a variety of tooth-related injuries, including people who have broken or had their teeth knocked out.

Doctors have also highlighted how unaware most people are about how easy it is to save teeth that have been removed or damaged from faces as a result of accidents.

Advice to those who suffer trauma includes picking the tooth up by the crown, licking it and placing it back into the mouth before seeing a dentist and putting the tooth in milk to preserve it until the patient can see a dentist.

The large number of cases reported by King’s has been put down to the recent cycling boom taking place in London.

Last month Transport for London has predicted based on current trends that bikes will outnumber cars in the morning rush hour in the next few years.

  • earth

    How many people have had their fillings rattled out due to the potholed roads?

  • David Chadderton

    Teeth-rattling potholes? Roads in England used to be smooth for cyclists, but, then, I am thinking back to the 1980s.

  • J1

    Damn Dentists and their Cervelos.

  • Michael

    Presumably this is like when people say “Researchers say cyclists can’t be seen at night….blah blah blah….the research was carried out on behalf of Acme bike lighting stores ltd”

    Clearly this dentist is looking for some work so he can buy his cervelo p series 🙂

  • JoshLyons

    So what?