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Cricketer batting for mouth guards.

MICHAEL POWELL, the newly-appointed captain of Warwickshire's county cricket side, has given his backing to the 23rd National Smile Week, organised by the Rugby-based British Dental Health Foundation.

Mr Powell has joined the campaign to help promote the benefits of mouth and face protection during sporting events.

He said: "Many people think that mouth guards only need to be worn by boxers.

"However, mouth guards and face protectors are invaluable in many contact sports, such as cricket, rugby and football.

"Mouth guards can protect against a number of dental injuries that include tooth fractures, soft tissue cuts and bruising of the lips and cheeks."

His views were backed by BDHF chief executive Dr Nigel Carter who said: "It is important that people wear a mouth guard that has been properly fitted by a dentist.

"Although they cost more money, they provide invaluable protection."

He added: "The cost of dental treatment that is required as a consequence of a sporting injury can cost more than 10 times more than a fitted mouth guard."

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Date:May 10, 2001
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