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We know wearing mouthguards during sports is a good practice, and that not all mouthguards are alike. But which ones are the best, and how are we to rate them? This article proposes a 10 grade scale for sports mouthguards, taking into account the type of material, the age of the mouthguard and whether it is custom made, stock, or “boil and bite”. Now, the next steps are to create a simple chart that can be disseminated to dentists, physicians, coaches, and players so that the scale can be put into widespread use. Patrick DG, van Noort R, Found MS. Scale of protection and the various types of sports mouthguard.

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