The evolution of the sports mouth guard from protective gear to performance enhancement.
Sports historians believe that the first mouth guards were used in boxing to protect against dental injuries. As early as the 1890s boxers would use materials such as cotton and tape in an attempt to prevent damage to their teeth during a fight. During the roaring twenties professional boxers were required to wear mouth guards.
In the decades that followed more and more athletes began to wear mouth guards for sports prepared by dentists. Not too long after the Second World War, a dentist in California named Dr. Rodney Lilyquist created the first mouth guard formed from a clear acrylic resin that was custom fit molded over the teeth. His device was so much better than earlier bulky mouth guards that in 1948 the American Dental Association (ADA) published his process in its journal so other dental professionals would know how he created custom-fitted mouth guards.
Before long athletes in professional basketball and football routinely wore mouth guards; in the 1950s the ADA was doing research into the benefits of wearing mouth guards for contact sports. Just a decade later the ADA advised the public to noticeably reduce risk of dental injuries by wearing mouth guards made from latex for all contact sports.
Their advice proved solid and the rates of dental injuries among American athletes dropped by a significant amount, prompting more sports to make wearing mouth guards mandatory.
The ADA now suggests athletes in contact and non-contact sports will reduce their risk of facial and dental injury if they use mouth guards. It also specifically suggests mouth guards be worn for anyone engaged in these 29 sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian (horseback riding), football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot put, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
Now there’s a new category of sports mouth guards. PowerPLUS has revolutionized the mouth guard to create innovative sports equipment that in addition to protecting your teeth also disperses the g-force of an impact, improves athletic performance, allows clear communication and is more comfortable than traditional mouth guards. It is unlike any other custom-fit mouth guard on the market. Its unique boil and swallow method of fitting to the bottom row of teeth (opposed to the common mouth guards that are worn on the top) places the athlete’s jaw is in the PowerPlus position. This position is an extremely important advancement in protective sports gear because the jaw in the optimal position to offer the best protection from injury as well as additional strength, endurance and speed.
Players who switch to a PowerPlus mouth guard immediately notice what studies have proved: The PowerPlus mouth guard enhances athletic performance. Athletes are also able to talk and breathe freely while wearing the mouth guard. If they are knocked to the ground the dangerous G-Forces that contribute to concussion are redistributed and of course they have the same dental protection that is provided by common mouth guards.
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