Mouthguards: Do they affect athletic performance?

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This review of the effect of mouthguards on performance in athletes identified 15 small low quality studies. The findings suggest that made mouthguards does not interfere with sport performance but they should be interpreted cautiously.

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Oral health of professional footballers is poor

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187 UK professional footballers were examined in this cross-sectional survey. Their oral health was poorer than the average for a group of UK adults sampled for the most recent Adult Dental Health Survey.

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Custom-made mouthguards had no detrimental effect on athletic strength and performance

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The use of mouthguards are important for the prevention of dental and maxillofacial injuries when participating in contact support. Mouthguards buffer the impacts or blows that might otherwise cause moderate to severe dental and maxillofacial injuries. Mouthguards were recommended by the American Dental Association in 1950. However, while they have been shown to reduce injury [read the full story…]