William Godwin

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Several studies have shown that mouthguards can reduce orofacial injuries among athletes. Comfort and wearability factors were compared among 40 high-school athletes for custom-made and self-adapted mouthguards. Both offered adequate protection, but overall the participants preferred the custom-made mouthguard.
A mouth protector must be easy to fabricate, comfortable, able to accommodate the needs of an individual's dentition, durable, easily held in place, and able to provide adequate protection to the teeth, jaws, and cranial structures. The thermoplastic mouth protector is recommended if it is to be placed or formed by the athlete; however, supervision of the(More)
A test system was developed establishing the feasibility of collecting biomechanical data as they relate to the use of mouthguards. Previous experimental studies have examined the physical and mechanical properties of mouthguard materials. This information has been used as a guide for establishing material standards and specifications for the fabrication of(More)
In all, there is much to be done in the field of sports dentistry. Participation by the dentist can be very rewarding, not only for the good will generated, but for the personal satisfaction derived when it is realized that the dentist has not only treated the injured athlete, but may have prevented many more potential injuries from occurring.
Since the National Alliance Football Rules Committee issued a mandate in 1962 to require that football players in high school and junior colleges wear mouth-protectors, oral injuries virtually have been eliminated in this group of more than 1,000,000 players.' The authoritative articles on the advantages provided by mouth-protectors indicate, prior t o(More)