The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced athletic mouthguards as a new category of the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The first product in the new category is CustMbite MVP mouthguards.

“Awarding the Seal to an athletic mouthguard expands the Seal Program to new and emerging areas, which we need to do in order to provide more options for dentists and dental patients,” said ADA Council on Scientific Affairs chair Dr Tom Hart, who is also the director of the ADA Foundation Dr Anthony Volpe Research Center. “This will allow ADA experts to evaluate new products that can benefit the American public.”

Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion contact to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to lips, tongue, face, or jaw.

To earn the Seal, a company must submit material lists for review and demonstrate that the product meets ADA guidelines and ADA-developed dental standards.

CustMbite MVP mouthguards, from Florida-based CustMbite LLC, passed a series of laboratory tests and provided data supporting the safety of its material. According to a press release, the ADA found that the product is an effective sports mouthguard that helps protect teeth from impact trauma, when used as directed.