The Weekly Bite - Performance And Protection Spotlights

Mouthguard Buyer’s Guide: How To Choose The Mouthguard That’s Right For You

Bobbie Quinn - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

When it comes to purchasing a mouthguard, there are many different options -- from types and styles to the design, material and special features. mouthguards

For a small piece of equipment, mouthguard choices have become very complicated. But that’s simply because mouthguards are an essential component of player protection. While the options and choices may seem overwhelming, we’re here to help. 
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How Do Coaches And Athletic Trainers Benefit From Custom Mouthguards?

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, September 21, 2017

custom mouth guardWhen it comes to mouthguards, there’s no doubt that a properly fitting, custom mouthguard benefits your athletes. But did you know that those custom mouthguards provide you and your team advantages too?

It’s true! Here are four ways you benefit from giving your players custom mouthguards: 
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It’s Not Just Logos: What Makes A Custom Mouthguard “Custom”

Travis Armideo - Thursday, September 07, 2017

custom mouth guardIn a world of infinite options and choices for nearly everything that you own, it would be easy to assume that the “custom” part of a custom mouthguard refers to the personalized logos, colors and text you’re able to add to your mouthguard.

While full personalization makes your mouthguard a valuable and unique piece of gear, it’s actually the cut, design and production of your mouthguard that makes it custom. That’s because each mouthguard must be designed for your individual mouth structure in order to be effectively protective and comfortable. For more on mouthguard effectiveness see the National Athletic Trainers' Association recommendations
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Protective Equipment: How Long Should Your Mouthguard Last?

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Like all athletic equipment, mouthguards take some wear and tear over the course of a long season. And because the mouth is an especially harsh environment, your mouthguard may take even more of a beating than things like shoulder pads or your helmet.mouth guards

The question is, how long does your mouthguard last? Should you replace it each year like some of your other gear?  
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Protect Your Protection: How To Properly Clean Your Mouthguard

Travis Armideo - Thursday, July 06, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but your mouthguard gets fairly dirty. After all, it does mostly reside in your mouth -- and we know that isn’t the cleanest environment.mouth guard

Your mouthguard is a great place for any food or bacteria stuck in your teeth to end up. And that may be detrimental to your mouthguard and your health. 
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Are You Using Approved Protection? Make Sure You Read This!

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, June 15, 2017

FACT: mouth guardThe American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend a professionally made, properly fitted custom mouthguard for all contact and collision sports.

FACT: The Academy for Sports Dentistry states a custom mouthguard is 1000% more protective than any other type of mouthguard.

FACT: The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recently released a new position statement on dental injuries, including recommendations for both mouthguard effectiveness and mouthguard care encouraging athletes to wear “properly fitted mouthguards during sports activities.” 

Is your player’s protection recommended by national associations and governing bodies? Here’s what you absolutely need to know about mouthguard recommendations:  
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When It Comes To The Best Braces Mouthguard, There’s Really Only One Option

Travis Armideo - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Braces mouthguardYour braces are an expensive and important long-term investment; and that means you need to keep them safe, especially while playing sports.  
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Mouthguards: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better; Smaller Isn’t More Comfortable

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, May 18, 2017

mouth guardsWhen it comes to protective equipment like mouthguards, there is a widely held belief that bigger is better -- the more padding, the more protection -- and smaller is more comfortable.

However, this is actually a common misconception. 
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Athletes In Non-Contact Sports Need More Protection Than You Think

Travis Armideo - Thursday, May 04, 2017

facial injuryAs an athlete who doesn’t play a contact sport, a mouthguard isn’t that important for you, right?

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Mouths Are Not Created Equally: Do Your Athletes Have Specific Mouthguard Needs?

Bobbie Quinn - Thursday, April 20, 2017

All individuals are unique in their own way -- from different body types and builds, to personalities and identities -- and that means that everyone has their own specific needs.mouth guards

When it comes to athletes, those needs could be extra protection for a specific sport or gear that’s catered to certain comforts. As a coach or athletic trainer, it’s important to help meet the needs of all your players so that they’ll be in a position to succeed. 
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