Sports Mouthguards from the Dentist (video)

Pure Power athletic mouthguard from dentistsAlmost all dentists (nine out of ten) say mouthguards can improve athletic performance, according to this survey.

The claim is made by the inventor of the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), a neuromuscular device designed to improve breathing (and therefore performance) by allowing the airways to relax.

“It is the best thing to happen to the dentistry and the public since tooth bonding agents!” raved one dentist. “This will forever change the face of sports, not to mention the dental world.”

“Not only can it make athletic performance better, but it offers relief for TMJ symptoms, i.e., headaches, neck tension, etc,” said another dentist.

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Mouthguards: From Sports to Teeth Grinding

We asked dentists about mouthguards, and found that fully 92% of dentist respondent offer them for bruxism. TMD was cited by 76%, while 59% offer athletic mouthguards and 40% for sleep apnea.

“We make very few athletic mouthguards,” said a Maine dentist. “Parents in our area elect the over-the-counter ‘Boil & Bite’ guards over custom, laboratory-fabricated mouthguards.”

“They really work!” exclaimed a Georgia dentist who offers splints for bruxing and TMD.

“I’ve had almost 2,000 hours of C.E. on TMJ, Bruxism and Sleep,” offered an Illinois dentist. “Too many doctors try to treat these problems with inadequate knowledge.”

Declared a California periodontist, “I like the hard/soft splint/guard.”

Read more: Why dentists prescribe mouthguards

Dentists Rave about Athletic Mouthguards

In this survey, we asked dentists about mouthguards and the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM). Fully nine out of ten dentists surveyed believe mouthguards can improve athletic performance.

That’s a claim made by the inventor of the PPM, a device designed with neuromuscular principles in mind. The goal of the PPM is to improve breathing (and therefore performance) by allowing the airways to relax.

While general dentists are quite taken with the PPM, specialists are far less convinced. Of those who responded to this survey, only one in three said that a mouthguard can make you a better athlete.

Every last one of the dentists who offer the Pure Power Mouthguard believe mouthguards can improve performance, and they offered rave reviews. “Absolute improvement! It’s the science behind it,” said one.

Among dentists who don’t sell the PPM, only three-quarters (77%) were convinced a mouthguard can make a better athlete.

“The double-blind research studies are coming out, but you need to ask the athletes who are using them and have seen the increase in strength, flexibility and balance,” said one general dentist. “Terrell Owens has actually been timed running faster with his PPM in.”

Here are some more comments from dentists:

  • “Until we see a proven clinical study, there is no proof the PPM works. Anyone remember BreatheRite strips? They supposedly increased oxygen flow, but were shown to do nothing.” (General dentist)
  • “A 15-year-old football player patient of mine recently received PPM. According to his dad, he is kicking the ball 40% farther. 70 yard punts and 45 yard FG’s!” (Canada dentist)
  • “Patient usually reject due to cost. Sport stores sell them for 3-5 dollars. I charge 350+ and recommend different types for different sports.” (Indiana dentist)
  • “The PPM is the best thing to happen to the dentistry and the public since bonding agents! This will forever change the face of sports, not to mention the dental world.” (California dentist)
  • “The PPM is the only mouthguard that can help obtain peak performance. The others can actually decrease your performance. Jaw position is paramount to achieving optimum performance.” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “Without question mouthguards can improve athletic performance, like the MORA (mandibular oral repositioning appliance) made by Dr Richard Kaufman, an orthodontist.” (South Carolina dentist)
  • “Not only can it make athletic performance better, but it offers relief for TMJ symptoms, i.e., headaches, neck tension, etc.” (Texas dentist)

Read more: Many Believe the PPM Can Improve an Athlete’s Performance

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