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The All-Star Lineup Every Dental Professional Needs For Mouthguard Season

The time has come for athletes far and wide across the country, as the season is finally upon us – outdoor sports season. This is also meaningful to those off the courts and fields, such as dental professionals – it’s mouthguard season!

We here at Keystone Industries take pride in offering high-quality, custom-fit mouthguards that lead the market in saving teeth and money all at once. Since 1967, Pro-Form has been a role player in the oral protection community, giving teams and athletes around the world affordable equipment and materials.

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Our Pro-Form materials are used from the highest levels of professional sports all the way through youth leagues, and offer the highest level of protection, retention, and comfort possible. On top of all this, athletes are also able to speak and breathe easier than most types of mouthguards on the market.

Take a look at some of these alarming statistical findings, just to show how important this level of protection is for athletes in any and all sports:

  • 5 MILLION teeth are lost every year in sports activities (Source)
  • 34% of sports injuries involve the face (Source)
  • Dental injuries can cost more than 20X the preventative costs of a custom-fit Pro-Form mouthguard (Source)
  • 200,000 injuries prevented annually by mouthguards (Source)

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Now that you know how important this piece of protection is, let’s get into how the process is made simple for you. Below are two embedded videos from our YouTube channel that demonstrate the vacuum forming process and how to customize the mouthguard. Both processes can be done in either a dentist office or a dental lab.

In this first video, see how our vacuum former is able to make a custom-fit mouthguard out of one of our laminates:

In the second video, watch the tutorial of our centri-fuse kit, which easily puts custom logos, numbers, and letters onto an already-formed mouthguard:

Role players like these are vital in the process. But now you may be asking about what star players we have readily available to actually protect the teeth.

There are 200+ color and style laminates available in square or round. Your custom experience is endless, but can start with these popular choices in styles:

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Dual-Color

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Glitter Guards

Tie Dye Guards

Fun Guards

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Don’t forget of the most innovative way to select a mouthguard in the dental industry! If you have an iOS device with a camera, be sure to download the Keystone Industries app to try on a virtual mouthguard for yourself!

Choose between any color and style we offer, and see how it looks in your mouth inside the app. This is an excellent selling point for a patient in the chair of your office, and can increase sales with no effort at all. You won’t see an app like this in any app store!

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There’s a lot more from where these come from, so checking out the Pro-Form section of our website would be best to find exactly what you’re looking for in thickness, style, color, shape, etc. and even clear and black straps, which are required in most youth sports leagues. There are many videos on our YouTube channel and in our Learning Center, as well as our most up-to-date pamphlets and brochures in our Catalog section available for your download.

For more information on Keystone Industries or any Keystone products, visit us online at www.keystoneindustries.com, call toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131, or fax (856) 224-9444.

Keystone Industries, 480 South Democrat Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.

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October is a big month for us all: dedicated to breast cancer awareness, dental hygiene

It’s a busy month of awareness all-around for the dental industry. Not only is the American Dental Hygiene Association running a month-long campaign for National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) to raise public awareness for good oral health, but October is also the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness as well, where you’ll see pink colors decked out everywhere to show support (including our own website).

On the AHDA’s website, there is an individual event page for everything related to NDHM. They’ve partnered with the W.M. Wrigley Company for the fifth consecutive year, focusing mainly on the four components of oral hygiene and ways to improve public awareness about bettering oral health. There is a “selfie” based contest being conducted as well as posters available to be downloaded to put online or in your office on the ADHA website. Below, you can watch a video announcement from ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks on sponsoring the NDHM month and things to come.

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As we all know through various companies and organizations support and promotion, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The majority of people today have been affected by this horrible disease in some shape or form, which is why the spread of awareness and support is vital in helping fight back to find a cure. At Keystone Industries, the past couple of years we’ve sold pink breast cancer awareness-themed Pro-Form mouthguards with portions of the proceeds going towards breast cancer research. Athletes and dentists from all over have been thrilled with the performance and protection of these mouthguards, so showing this kind of support with it going to a good cause does indeed help out. This year, we took it up a notch, and made our whole website pink in support, too.

We've updated our website for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We’ve updated our website for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Both of these calls for awareness this month are for good causes, and beneficiary to everyone inside and outside of the dental industry. Be sure to spread the word of the meaning of this month positively with friends on social media so we can help spread it even more! Oral health and breast cancer affects everyone’s lives, and it’s up to us to help make a change.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? DDS Mary Lehmann Makes Sure The Stamford Knights Are!

Up in Stamford, CT, there was a high school football team that was in need of important protection before hitting the field for the first time this season. Dr. Maryann Lehmann, DDS stepped up to the task and called upon us here at Keystone Industries to help as well.

Dr. Lehmann has been fitting mouthguards for high school sports teams for years now, as she explains on her blog, even though she hasn’t been a big fan of the sport of football. However, oral protection outweighs her personal preferences, and giving to this team is what really mattered to Dr. Lehmann and Keystone, which is why we donated mouthguard materials to the Stamford Knights football team.

Below are some photos of team members wearing our Pro-Form mouthguards that Dr. Lehmann fitted them for. On her blog, Say Yes to the DDS!, you can read her full post on the experience and team.

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You can find out more about our Pro-Form mouthguard material and accessory line on our website, keystoneind.com/en/home. Good luck this season, Stamford HS Knights!

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The Push for Pro-Form: Importance of Custom Fit Mouthguards

As far as mouthguards go, the custom-fit options that dentists all over provide is an athlete’s best bet for mouth protection. It’s been estimated by the American Dental Association (ADA) that there are over 200,000 oral injuries each year that could have been totally avoidable if the person was wearing a mouthguard. With such a statistic out there, awareness for mouthguards is at an all-time high.

Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, explains in the video below how mouthguards are important for dental patients everywhere, and how high costs for injuries can be avoided by simply wearing a good mouthguard. Also, Turchetta touches on the different types of mouthguards, and how custom-fit, such as Pro-Form, set themselves on another level than the rest.

As you can hear Turchetta explain, there are various issues with mouthguards that are not custom-fit. From the stock guards making it hard to speak and breaht to overall not being comfortable, mouth protection is best served with a custom-fit guard such as Pro-Form.

Pro-Form mouthguards, manufactured in the United States by Keystone Industries, are high-quality custom-fit mouthguards designed with the best material on the market to protect athletes of all sports. As opposed to the boil-and-bites, Pro-Form mouthguards provide the necessary comfort and thickness with an ability to talk and breathe easily, and protection of all teeth including the posteriors.

Pictured here is one of our FunGuards, which come in different styles as well. How else can you have fun while protecting your mouth?

Pictured here is one of our FunGuards, which come in different styles as well. How else can you have fun while protecting your mouth?

On top of the long-running track record of protection they provide, Keystone Pro-Form mouthguards can also be made in specific color schemes, designs, and have the addition of custom decals. Everyone wants to be like the pros, and they’re known for wearing these types of mouthguards. With advances in technology today, you can see what you look like with a Pro-Form mouthguard on with an app by Keystone! The app is available in the Apple App Store, and allows you to show your patients what they can look like with a certain color Pro-Form mouthguard.

To learn more and purchase Pro-Form mouthguards, please click here.

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Pro-Form Mouthguards: How Important Are They?

School is almost out, and summer is on its way in. This means one thing: busy as ever with multiple sports seasons during the best outdoor weather. With that in mind, you have to question: just how much protection are your athletes getting?

Whether you’re a coach for a high school football team or your watching your 10-year old daughter play soccer, protection and safety while playing sports is a must. One of the biggest (and most important) areas to protect is the athlete’s mouth, with a custom-fit mouthguard.

Why buy a custom-fit mouthguard when there’s boil-and-bite ones?

Although boil-and-bite mouthguards are the most commonly used today, they are not the most preferred by dentists. As mentioned in an article on Dentistry Today, these mouthguards “do not provide the proper thickness, comfort, or critical protection of the posterior teeth”. When you boil the mouthguard and begin to bite down on it, your teeth clamp down on the material and stretch it out, making it less thick. Over time, the material will break down, leaving less protection around the teeth.

Sure, it’s a cheap, simple way to have a mouthguard which somewhat fits the athlete’s mouth. However, most dentists agree that it does not get the job done in the best way, and can lead to oral and head injuries (which are the most common injuries in sports, by the way). Important ways properly fitted mouthguards protect the mouth are shown in the picture below, as well as some problems that may arise with the boil-and-bites.

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Mouthguards provide numerous ways of protection. You’ll be protected even more if that mouthguard is fitted properly.

What is Pro-Form and why should I get it?

Pro-Form mouthguards, manufactured in the United States by Keystone Industries, are high-quality custom-fit mouthguards designed with the best material on the market to protect athletes of all sports. As opposed to the boil-and-bites, Pro-Form mouthguards provide the necessary comfort and thickness with an ability to talk and breathe easily, and protection of all teeth including the posteriors.

On top of the long-running track record of protection they provide, Keystone Pro-Form mouthguards can also be made in specific color schemes, designs, and have the addition of custom decals. What cooler incentive is there than that? Everyone wants to be like the pros, and they’re known for wearing these types of mouthguards.

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These Pro-Form mouthguards are colorized to represent specific countries.

Tie dye colors are shown here, with the laminates they're made from.

Tie dye colors are shown here, with the laminates they’re made from.

These require an impression cast of the patient’s dentition as the initial step. The mouthguard is then made from this cast. Vacuum formed guards are made from single or multilayered polyethylene. Other techniques include pressure lamination to sandwich material together under high pressure. Keystone also manufactures the vacuum forming machines.

To prove the importance of mouthguards and custom fitting them, an article from Fox News brings out information about teeth belonging to Olympic athletes over the years. From the amount of stress they’re under to the food they eat, teeth were not looking so good for the Olympians. To help out, there have been dental facilities at the Olympics in London, Sochi, and soon to be Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They’ve handed out over 500 mouthguards at the past two games for athletes who lost teeth and wanted to prevent losing teeth, and the initiative has been welcome warmly for the 2016 games.

To learn more and purchase Pro-Form mouthguards, please click here.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) promotes and sponsors National Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the important of oral health.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 3.53.24 PMDentists and industry businesses across the country are helping create awareness of oral health in Children. Check out our past blogs to see some great information on brushing your teeth, good and bad foods for your teeth, what makes your teeth sensitive, and common dental emergencies.

What do you plan to do to help create children’s dental health? Any great ideas? What is the most important thing that should be taken away from this month? Leave your comments below.

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Just facts: Dental injuries are more common than you think

Dental injuries, especially with athletes, are quite common. One of the best devices to protect athletes from injuries is using a custom mouthguard.

Here are some statistics and facts on dental injures from sports.

  • More than 5 million teeth are injured/knocked out every year
  • Dental injuries result in nearly $500 million spent on replacing teeth
  • 13-39% of all dental injuries are related to sports
  • Sporting activities cause the greatest percentage of dental traumatic injuries in teens
  • 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate high school
  • Broken teeth, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth are very common among athletes
  • These injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits a year
  • Young men suffer traumatic tooth injuries 2-3 times more often than young women
  • Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial/dental injuries than violence or traffic accidents
  • Pre-teens and teens have the highest number of sports related dental injuries, with the top 3 sports being:
    • Basketball
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    • Hockey
  • Basketball players have in injury potential 13 times that of football players
  • Risks for athletes include:
    • Suffering a fall during competition
    • Contact from elbows, hands, arms
    • Contact from flying equipment
  • Use of a mouth guard is essential to lower the risk of dental injury in sports
  • Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard
  • 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth

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The history of athletic mouthguards

Could you imagine football without helmets, soccer without shin pads or even basketball without a hole cut out of the bottom of the basket? It’s amazing to consider the evolution of sports equipment – from where games started and where they have come.

Oftentimes, though, it’s hard to imagine a primitive version of the game. Helmets, shoulder pads, and yes, even the mouthguard didn’t always exist. Through the years, the mouthguard has played a huge role in sports protection and now has become as much of a staple in protection as any other piece of equipment. But how did the mouthguard come to be? What is the best type of mouthguard? And what injuries do they prevent? Well, the history of the mouthguard has taken us a long way and now plays an important role in keeping athletes in the game smiling.

The mouthguard origin: Giving a puncher’s chance

While it’s somewhat unclear the exact origin of the mouthguard, historic references have gone back to about the turn of the 20th century. Boxing appeared to be the first sport in which mouthpieces were used, as boxers originally fashioned primitive mouthguards out of cotton, tape, sponge and even small pieces of wood. Woolf Krause, a London dentist, developed a mouthguard or ‘gum shield’ in 1890 to protect boxers from debilitating lip lacerations. These injuries were quite common and hindered boxing competition during this time. Krause’s gum shields were originally made from gutta percha and were actually held in place by clenching the teeth. Later on Philip Krause, Krause’s son, modified the design and made the from vella rubber. The earliest recording of a U.S. mouthguard-type device was in 1916 when Thomas Carlos, a Chicago Dentist, designed a mouthpiece for U.S. Olympian Dinnie O’Keefe. The next few years, there are a handful of other dentists who claimed to create or modify the first mouthguard.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

Mouthguards become prevalent in 1927 during a boxing match between Mike McTigue and Jack Sharkey. McTigue was clearly winning the fight, however, a chipped tooth severely cut his lip and forced him to forfeit the match. From then on, mouthguards become commonplace for boxers and also opened the possibilities for mouthguard use to flourish.

Three years following the infamous McTigue/Sharkey fight, mouthguards found its way into dental literature. Dr. Clearance Mayer, who was a dentist and also a boxing inspector, wrote about how custom mouthguards could be created from impressions using wax and rubber. He also suggested using steel springs to reinforce the materials.

Evolving the mouthguard: Everyone’s wearing it now

Finally in 1947, a major breakthrough was made when Los Angeles dentist Rodney O. Lilyquist used transparent acrylic resin to form the first acrylic splint. This mouthguard was molded to fit over the upper and lower teeth and made for a much more unobtrusive object. During this time, dental injuries were responsible for around 24-50% of all American football injuries. The Journal of American Dental Association picked up Lilyquist’s technique, which led to nationwide recognition. Dick Perry, a UCLA basketball player, was the first known athlete to use an acrylic mouthguard. Later on Frankie Albert, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was the first known professional athlete to wear this type of mouthguard.

During the 1950s the American Dental Association (ADA) started researching mouthguards and promoted the mouthguard benefits to the public. By 1960 the ADA recommended the use of latex mouthguards in all contact sports and by 1962 all high school football players in the U.S. were required to wear the mouthguards. The NCAA followed suit in 1973 and made mouthguards mandatory. Since the promotion of mouthguards the number of dental injuries have dramatically decreased.

Presently, mouthguards are standard or required in many sports. The ADA recommends mouthguards to be used in 29 sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Mouthguard smorgasbord: Colors, styles, decals, oh my!

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Mouthguards are more hi-tech than ever, allowing for maximum protection.

Today there are plenty of mouthguard options that range in price, style and protection. The typical mouthguard is called a boil-and-bite, which can be purchased at any athletic store. These mouthguards are inexpensive options to protect the mouth. However, the drawbacks include less protection, bulky and a short lifespan. The other type of mouthguard is more custom made. These require an impression cast of the patient’s dentition as the initial step. The mouthguard is then made from this cast. Vacuum formed guards are made from single or multilayered polyethylene. Other techniques include pressure lamination to sandwich material together under high pressure.

These custom designs, such as vacuum forming, helps create a true custom mouthguard. With better retention and secure fit, it’s more protective and enables the athlete to breath and talk freely. Custom mouthguards also enable athletes to be more selective about their styles, color and even decals on the mouthguard. Professional athletes are often seen wearing these custom mouthguards and of course, all levels of athletes look to imitate the pros.

Smile and thank your mouthguard (and dentist)

Now that mouthguards are mainstream, what kind of protection do mouthguards offer? What are the benefits?

Mouthguards are mostly used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause injury. Mouthguards protect injuries such as missing teeth, lacerations, cracked teeth, injured gums, and bone damage. Mouthguards may also reduce or prevent concussions during an impact to the jaw. Now, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually by mouthguard use. Athletes who don’t wear a mouthguard are 60% more likely to suffer damage to the mouth.

However, not all mouthguards prevent face, head and mouth injuries. Customization and personalization of mouthguards greatly increase the protection through a more form-fitting appliance. The tighter the fit, the less chance the mouthguard will fall out during impact. To get the fully custom fit a dentist needs to take an impression of the athlete’s mouth. That impression is then cast in stone and the mouthguard material is formed around the cast. This will create a nearly perfect match and form of the mouth and teeth; thus, providing better retention and enabling better breathing and communication.

These custom mouthguards spread the force of the blow over all the teeth that are covered by the mouthguard. They stop violent contact of upper and lower teeth. They also keep lips away from misaligned teeth, which protect the lips, teeth and orthodontic treatment (example: braces). Mouthguards always hold the jaws apart to act as shock absorbers and prevents upward and backward displacement of the condyles in their fossae. This alone can help reduce concussions.

Mouthguards are here to stay

It’s hard to refute the importance of a mouthguard. Whether it’s a high impact sport or a low impact sport, someone’s mouth, teeth and head are always vulnerable. With the evolution of the games came the evolution of protection. Mouthguards are beginning to be the norm, instead of the exception. Because of that, mouthguards have become better protectors, easier to use and of course, they look good too. Soon, it’s going to be hard to imagine sports without mouthguards.

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Pro-form materials come in round too

Round Pro-FormDid you know PRO-FORM laminates come in Round?

Pro-form laminates are available in round that match any thermo-forming machine on the market. This way you can get the Pro-form quality at any time on any machine. Our new product numbers make it easy to order too.

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Call us at 800.333.3131 or visit our dental products website for more information.

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Watch these Keystone videos from IDS

Keystone Industries participated in this year’s IDS, one of the biggest dental trade shows in the world. Here are some vides about Keystone Industries and our products.

Click here for a video on centri-fuse

Click here for technique video from renowned dental technician Alberto Battistelli 

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