"Researchers and, most importantly, parents, are looking for ways to better protect children against concussions," said lead author Jackson Winters, DDS, a pediatric dentist who also served as a high school and collegiate football official for 28 years. "Consumers may believe that today's advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted sports mouthguard also is essential to player safety."
(May/June 2014 Issue of General Dentistry the peer review journal of the American Academy of Dentistry, and, reported by the NFL.)
Experts recommend that a properly fitted, custom-made sports mouthguard should be won by athletes in competitive and recreational sports whenever impact, contact, and/or collision may occur.
The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom sports mouthguards for acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. Other experts include baseball, softball infielders, and cheerleading on the list.
It is also recommended to wear sports mouthguards during all practices and competition.Back To Top
A sports mouthguard requires a sharp, clean fabrication impression or model which extends at least 5mm past labial/buccal margins and 10mm past lingual margins with a proper opposing model. Please provide an open construction bite registration.
It is important to try the mouthguard in the mouth to check for fit and comfort. Minimal adjusting may be necessary. This is done by slightly warming the posterior occlusal surface of the mouthguard, taking extreme care not to overheat or distort, and placing the mouthguard in the patient‘s mouth and asking them to bite down very lightly, gently and carefully until all posterior teeth occlude. Care should be given to be sure they do not bite down excessively as the occlusal separation of 3 mm to 4 mm must be maintained to ensure proper absorption of impact energy.Back To Top