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Keystone has a medal-winning mouthguard

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
October 12, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA: Ever see them play water polo? Well, let’s just say in can get a little rough. Just ask Brittany Hayes, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as a member of the U.S. women’s water polo team. “Getting my teeth knocked out was my biggest fear,” Hayes told Dental Tribune during an interview at the recent ADA Annual Session.

The medalist was on hand along with Rick Merlo, who also won silver in Beijing as part of the men’s water polo team, at the booth of Keystone Industries, supplier of the Pro-form Patriot Mouthguard.

Hayes, who has beautiful teeth and a beaming smile, said that an uncle who is a dentist had impressed on her from an early age the importance of protecting her mouth while playing a sport with so much physical contact. She said she likes the Patriot mouthguard because it is easy to break in, is not extremely thick and, perhaps most importantly, it is easy to breathe through — which is obviously important for any physically demanding sport.

And it’s not just water polo players who have benefited from mouthguards supplied by Keystone. The mouthguards are also popular with players in the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association as well as many college football players.

Each mouthguard is custom fit for the wearer. According to Keystone, the important physical characteristics of mouthguard materials are tensile strength, softness and uniform density. The Pro-form laminate maintains these characteristics best because of its laminating process, which combines heat and pressure. Strength is enhanced due to the laminate’s multiple layers.

Features of the mouthguards include an anterior brace for extra protection, custom fitting for great oxygen intake, an easy-to-attach breakaway strap, a custom-made shock absorbing surface, excellent abrasion resistance and more.

Pro-form mouthguards are designed to protect both professional and amateur athletes from orofacial injuries, tooth fracture and concussions.

Recently, some new Tie Dye designs have been added to the extensive line 
of Pro-form laminated mouthguards. They are all made using the same
 laminating procedure to insure the same Pro-form quality.
 They are also available in round.



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