The Athletic mouthguard has come a very long way from the beginning where a mouthguard was a block of rubber gum. However, the purpose remains the same to protect the mouth and jaw from trauma during sports. The first athletic mouthguards were reportedly used for boxing but have gradually become popular in any sport where there is danger of trauma to the mouth.
Athletic mouthguards are mandatory in many professional competitions including martial arts, soccer, and boxing. Schools and junior teams may also require the use of the athletic mouthguard to protect young athlete's teeth and mouth.
Although the original mouthguards were bulky and fitted poorly in the mouth, they did provide some protection. Today there are designs that are more advanced and materials and the protection provided by these devices is far superior. There are three different types of athletic mouthguards available but many variations between the types.
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