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Oral Health Topics

Mouth Guards

Key points:

  • Mouth guard use has been shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries.
  • The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs encourage patient education about the benefit of mouth guard use.
  • A product earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by providing scientific evidence that demonstrates safety and efficacy, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • Construction and Types of Mouth Guards
  • Injury Prevention
  • Utilization
  • Raising Awareness
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • Summary
  • ADA Policy on Orofacial Protectors
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Reviewed by: Prevention Subcommittee, ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention
Last Updated: March 27, 2019

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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