Philippines, 20 Oct 2014
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Feature Article: The Importance of a Professional Grade Mouth Guard


PhilBoxing.com


As a dentist for many years I have seen the traumatic effects of teeth loss particularly, the front teeth. People who suffered from such injury hardly smile, and when they occasionally do, they cover their faces with their hands. They also seem to have a difficulty conversing because they cannot pronounce certain words correctly. Most of these cases I see are from the so called "weekend warriors", teens and adults on the playing field. But, I also see it on some professional athletes, particularly those involved with contact sports like boxing. (Photo below)



To prevent such injuries, a custom-fitted, professional-grade mouth guard is a must!

Experts in sports dentistry in the USA indicate that the lifetime rehabilitation cost of major oral injuries can approach hundres of dollars per tooth. This does not include cost for secondary problems such as periodontal disease that often accompany such problems. The total rehabilitation costs of a single knock-out tooth are more than 20 times the preventive cost for a custom-made professional-grade mouth guard.

There are three kinds of mouth guards. Depending on design and material used, they vary in fit, rate of protection, ease of maintenance, longevity, and cost.

a. ready made or stock mouth guards. These are usually found and sold in sporting goods store and are usually a "one size fits all" mouth guard. These mouth guards are the least expensive but they also offer the least protection because of their poor fit. They are usually made of rubber or polyvinyl material. The most they do is provide a false sense of security.

b. "boil and bite" mouth guards. Also sold in sporting goods stores. They usually come in a u-shaped mass of thermo-plastic material that becomes soft when placed in hot water. When soften, the user places them in their mouths and they bite their teeth together to form the mounth guard, thus the name "boil and bite". These mouth guards provide minimum protection because of the dramatic decrease in thickness when the athlete bites into it during its softened state. At the very most they are slightly better than the stock mouth guards as they fit a little better. However, they are usually bulky and cumbersome. they also interfere with the breathing and speaking ability of the user.

c. custom-made, professional-grade mouth guards by a dentist. Although the most expensive amongst all mouth guards, these are the best because they are made from a dental impression taken by a dentist. They fit well and they provide the best protection as they are tailored to the demands of the athlete and the sport. They can also be custom made using a variety of color combination for a nice cosmetic effect. (Fig. 1, 2, 3)

     


Effective mouth guards must be resilient, tear resistant and comfortable. They should fit properly, are durable, easy to clean and not restrict speech and breathing. Only a dentist fabricated custom-made, professional-grade mouth guard satisfy all the above features.

Athletes, particularly those involved in contact sports like boxing and taekwondo must wear a custom mouth guard to prevent oral and facial injuries. These mouth guards help cushion blows that might cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions, a common incident in major contact sports, particulary, boxing.

Lately, I have seen Filipino boxers at my Canoga Park office, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. The most noteworthy are Manny Pacquiao and his brother Bobby. Manny used one of our custom-made, professional-grade mouth guards during the Morales fight in Las Vegas and the Velasquez fight at the Staples Center. Bobby will also be using one when he fights at Las Vegas on October 8th. I congratulate the Pacquiao brothers and their respective handlers for being smart enough to know that there are tangible values in a custom-made, professional-grade mouth guards. Sadly, not all handlers of Filipino boxers are the same. Thus, we wrote this article. It is my hope that they will come to realize that there is more to managing boxers than booking fights for them. Their long term health must be protected at all cost. That can begin with a custom-made, professional-grade mouth guard. The practice of making Filipino fighters use shoddy mouth guards (Fig. 4 and 5) must be put to a stop.

  


About the author:


Dr. Ed de la Vega is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International. He is also a former Member of the California State Board of Dental Examiners and a Past President of the Los Angeles Dental Society and the Southern California Filipino Dental Society. He has been in practice in California since 1971.
Publisher's note: Dr. de la Vega has offered to make a custom made mouth guard free of charge to every Filipino boxer who get booked to fight in the U.S. particulary those whose fights are close to Los Angeles area. Doc Ed can be reached at (818) 348-8713.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ed de la Vega, DDS.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • NBA -- Denver's balanced attack downs Clippers
    By Nieva Tan, Mon, 20 Oct 2014
  • NBA -- Heat burn Spurs in OT, 111-108
    By Marvin Chan, Mon, 20 Oct 2014
  • THE FLASH IN AUTUMN
    By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Mon, 20 Oct 2014
  • GUMBAN, LABORDO WIN IN ALA-COBRA BOXING IN BACOLOD
    By , Mon, 20 Oct 2014
  • 'Manny' Rodriguez grabs WBO Latino title, demolished Miguel 'No Fear' Cartagena
    By , Mon, 20 Oct 2014
  • Donaire’s loss to Walters eerily reflects Pacquiao’s defeat in 2012
    By Rich Mazon , Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • WALTERS AXES DONAIRE IN 6TH
    By Dong Secuya, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM CARSON
    By Dong Secuya, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • ALGIERI TALKS TO THE PRESS AT STUBHUB
    By , Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • There’s promise of a great theater
    By Recah Trinidad, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • LIU MAKES IT TWO!
    By Ted Lerner, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • NBA -- Heat top Warriors to notch first preseason win
    By Simeon Alicante, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • NBA -- Raptors rout Thunder behind 37-point second quarter
    By Doreen Mendez, Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • NIETES AND FUENTES BRACE FOR CRUCIAL TITLE BOUTS
    By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sun, 19 Oct 2014
  • Rock With Punch – Trapt ‘Bring It’ For Golden Girl’s Oct 25th Title Fight
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • Underdog Donaire walks the Edge of the Axe versus Walters tonight
    By Rich Mazon , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • MARAT GAFUROV DEFEATS ROB LISITA BY REAR NAKED CHOKE IN THE MAIN EVENT
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • RESULTS from M-1 Challenge 52 in Russia - Buchinger new featherweight champ
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • Perez to Face Uchiyama for WBA Super Featherweight Belt on December 31
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • RUBIO FAILS TO MAKE WEIGHT, LOSES WBC TITLE
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • GUMBAN HEADLINES ALA-COBRA CARD IN BACOLOD TODAY
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • WEIGHTS FROM CARSON, CA: DONAIRE - 125.6 LBS., WALTERS - 125.6 LBS.
    By , Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • TWO ACTION PACKED TITLE FIGHTS ON ‘THE MAIN EVENT’ ON PBO OVER SKY CABLE, SATURDAY
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 18 Oct 2014
  • THE FINAL FOUR REACH FOR POOL IMMORTALITY
    By Ted Lerner, Sat, 18 Oct 2014


  •  



    WBO 27th Convention
    Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas
    Oct. 27-31, 2014



    NBA 2014-2015 SEASON
    Special Coverage






     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2014 philboxing.com.