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Dental Service in 2008 Summer Olympic Games
  1. Xiao-Jiang Yang1,
  2. Patrick Schamach2,
  3. Jian-Ping Dai3,
  4. Xiao-Zhen Zhen4,
  5. Biao Yi5,
  6. Hongchen Liu6,
  7. Min Hu7,
  8. Tony Clough8,
  9. Yuan Li9,
  10. Chun-mei Ma10
  1. 1Chief Dentist of the 29th Olympic Games, Head & Professor of Oral Surgery Department, Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing China
  2. 2Director of Medical and Scientific Committee, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
  3. 3Vice Director of Medical Service, Beijing Organization Committee of Olympic Games (BOCOG), Beijing, PR China
  4. 4Chief of Medical Service Department, BOCOG, Beijing, PR China
  5. 5Vice Chief of Dental Department in the 29th Olympic Village, Professor of Oral Surgery Department, Stomatological Hospital of Beijing University, Beijing, PR China
  6. 6Chief of Academic Group of the 29th Olympic Games, Head & Professor of Dental Department of General Military Hospital, Beijing, PR China
  7. 7Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Group of the 29th Olympic Games, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Department, Dental Department of General Military Hospital, Beijing, PR China
  8. 8Chief Dentist 30th Olympiad London 2012, Hon Lecturer Sports Dentistry Eastman Institute UCL, Hon Lecturer Essex University, Hon Clinical Tutor QMUL London, Hon Sec Essex LDC, UK
  9. 9Secretary of Chief Dentist of the 29th Olympic Games, Dr of Oral Surgery Department, Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China
  10. 10Chief Nurses of Dental Service of the 29th Olympic Games, Chief Nurse of Stomatological Hospital of Beijing University, Beijing, PR China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Xiao-Jiang Yang, Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Capital Medical University, 11 Xi La Hu Tong, Wang Fu Jing, Beijing 100006, PR China; xiaojiangyang{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Objective How to organise an appropriate team to provide quality dental care during the Olympic Games has become an important consideration for each successive host country. The aims of this study were to document dental services provided at the Olympic Games and to provide data for planning future events.

Set-up of the dental care department There were six dental chairs in six independent treatment rooms, one technical laboratory, a sterilising room and an x-ray room equipped with one digital panoramic screening machine and one intraoral x-ray machine in the polyclinic in the Olympic Village in Beijing. Shifts comprised 80 dentists and 28 nurses who were organised into three shifts working from 08:00 until 23:00.

Results In the 2008 Olympic Games, there were 1607 cases involving 1126 patients requiring dental care: 795 cases from 516 athletes; 483 cases from 370 coaches and other staff; and 99 cases from volunteers. Endodontic treatments, permanent fillings, oral hygiene, mouthguards and treatment of pericoronitis were the most frequent procedures in dental care. The Mouthguard Service was extremely popular and well utilised. 122 athletes received new custom-made mouthguards in Beijing.

Conclusions As the utilisation of the dental service grows, and the burden of providing care for such a large cohort increases, a well-organised dental team becomes increasingly important. More general-practice dentists were needed in the team. Different kinds of specialist were suggested for working in the team—for example, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, sport dentists for mouthguards and endodontists.

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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