Mouth Guard Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday of September. In 2022, this day falls on the 5th. The holiday unites all people who love sports and promote a healthy lifestyle. However, a mouth guard is not only sports ammunition that protects against dental injuries. This is a useful invention, necessary for beautiful smiles.
Millions of people know the mouth guard as part of some sports. This protective item evolved along with the sport, and as the sport became more professional, it also became more traumatic and required better protection. Today, a mouth guard is a necessary element in many sports, but it became popular in the middle of the last century. Over the years, it has changed its appearance, and become more convenient and practical. Mouth Guard Day was founded in 2018 by OPRO.
- The first mouth guard appeared in 1890 and was designed by London dentist Wolf Krause. Its purpose was to prevent the lips from splitting on the teeth during a boxing match. Krause dedicated his invention to his son, who was a boxer.
- Philip Krause, son of Wulf Krause, improved on his father’s invention and came up with the idea of making a mouth guard out of rubber.
- In the middle of the last century, the American dentist Rodney O. Lilliquist began to make mouth guards from a transparent acrylic resin; it turned out to be convenient and almost invisible.
- Did you know that tooth enamel is harder than bone, and the first toothpaste appeared 30 years before the toothbrush?
How to take part
Go to your dentist and make sure your smile and teeth are in perfect condition. Smile more often – according to statistics, 97% of people will definitely smile back at you and improve your day. If you are an athlete, change your mouth guard, and if there is an athlete in your environment, give them a new mouth guard. Go to the Dental Museum. It clearly shows what will happen to your teeth if you do not take care of them.
When is Mouthguard Day celebrated in 2023?
Mouthguard Day is observed on the first Monday of September each year.