The first mouth guards were used in boxing to protect against dental injuries.
As early as the 1890s, boxers started using materials - such as cotton and tape - to prevent damage to teeth during a fight.
More athletes started wearing mouth guards prepared by dentists. Eventually, professional boxers were required to wear a mouth guard.
Not too long after the Second World War, a dentist in California named Dr. Rodney Lilyquist created the first mouth guard out of a clear acrylic resin that was custom molded and fit over our teeth.
His device was so much better than the 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 these custom-fitted mouth guards.
Before long, athletes playing basketball and football routinely started to wear mouth guards. In the 1950s, the American Dental Association (ADA) started doing research into the benefits of wearing mouth guards during 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 a mouth guard mandatory. Today, the ADA suggests that athletes in contact AND non-contact sports use mouth guards to reduce the risk of facial and dental injuries.
The ADA also specifically suggests that 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.
Traditional mouth guards do not protect us against g-forces from impact. Using modern technology, the PowerPlus Mouthguard is a medically patented mouthguard designed to reduce the G-Forces from impact. The PowerPlus Mouthguard reduces G-Forces from impact by helping the athlete maintain Physiologic Jaw Alignment, which also increases strength and performance.
Want to naturally and instantly enhance your strength, balance and agility in sport?
Try a custom-fitted PowerPlus mouth guard for maximum safety, comfort and improved performance.