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Custom Fabricated Sports Mouthguards?
American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for the following
Basketball • Boxing • Discus Throwing • Field Hockey • Football
• Gymnastics • Handball • Ice Hockey • Lacrosse • Martial Arts
• Racquetball • Rugby • Shotputting • Skateboarding •
Snowboarding • Skiing • Skydiving • Soccer • Squash • Surfing
• Volleyball • Water Polo • Weightlifting • Wrestling
According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral
injuries are prevented annually in this country by sports mouthguards (1).
While this is an impressive preventative figure, it is unfortunately estimated
by the National Youth Sports Foundation that more than 5 million teeth will be
knocked out in sporting activities this year (2). These oral traumas will happen
to children, high school and college level athletes. In fact, dental injuries
are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in
Tri-Lamination: 3 Times The Protection~
The benefits of sports mouthguard protection has been well documented. In 1995
Dr. Raymond Flander's study on the high incidence of oral injuries showed that in
football, where mouthguards are mandatory, only .07% of all injuries involved
teeth and the oral cavity (3). Conversely, in basketball where mouthguards are
not worn, 34% of all injuries to players involved teeth and/or the oral cavity!
Obviously dental injuries could also be significantly reduced if children,
teenagers and adults involved in the following sports wore custom fabricated
mouthguards: soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball,
rollerblading, skateboarding, martial arts, boxing, hockey, kickboxing and
According to Dr. Ray Padilla, an active member in the Academy for Sports
Dentistry, the lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can approach several
thousand dollars per tooth, for the child or athlete who looses a tooth (or
teeth) in a sporting injury (4). This does not include the associated costs of
hours in the dental office and the possible development of secondary problems
such as periodontal disease. The total rehabilitation costs for a single knocked-out
tooth are more than 20 times the preventative cost for a custom laminated,
professional grade mouthguard.
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Mouthguards Are Not All Created Equal!
Comparing dentist fabricated, custom sports mouthguards with stock or boil
and bite type mouthguards, typically found in sporting goods stores,
reveals significant differences. Boil and bite type mouthguards do not
fit as accurately as custom fabricated types so they often are
uncomfortable and frequently interfere with the athletes breathing and
speaking ability. At the First International Symposium on Dental
Biomaterials in August of 1993, Dr. J. Park, Ph.D. reported that boil
& bite mouthguards provide a false sense of protection due to the
dramatic decrease in thickness when the athlete bites it into place during
its softened state. Dr. Park further stated that unless dramatic
improvements are made, they (boil and bite mouthguards) should not be
promoted by dentists to their sporting patients (5).
Custom Fit Ensures Protection
vs. Boil and bite
Types Of PLAYSAFE Mouthguards (6)
layer of EVA material with added incisal and occlusal
protection and a thickness of 3mm. Designed specifically for
children with mixed dentition. (Only available in these
solid colors: yellow, red, blue, green, black, ivory, white
confetti, or black confetti).
layers of laminated EVA material with a thickness of 3 mm.
Designed for wrestling, volleyball, mountain biking, and
motocross. (Only available in bright yellow,
bright red, light blue and green).
layers of laminated EVA material with a thickness of 5 mm.
Specially fabricated for soccer, rugby, basketball,
softball, rollerblading, skating and skateboarding.
layers of laminated EVA material with 3 unique power
dispersion bands and a 5 mm thickness. Specially designed
for baseball, football, racquetball, martial arts and
layers of laminated EVA material (one hardened layer) with a
thickness of 5 mm. Custom fabricated for ice, field and
street hockey along with kickboxing and other heavy contact
sports where blows from pointed objects are expected.
PLAYSAFE... The Leading Custom Fabricated Sports
Invented in 1982, PLAYSAFE has become the top choice in custom
fabricated mouthguards for athletes in Europe, Australia, and the
United States. In 1985 PLAYSAFE mouthguards were tested and
recommended for endorsement by the Australian Institute of Sport.
PLAYSAFE... The Leading Custom
Fabricated Sports Mouthguard Worldwide
Invented in 1982, PLAYSAFE has become the top choice in custom fabricated
mouthguards for athletes in Europe, Australia, and the United States. In 1985
PLAYSAFE mouthguards were tested and recommended for endorsement by the
Australian Institute of Sport
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