Mouth guards have been around since the early 1800’s. No one knows an exact date. The first to use mouth guards were boxers. Back in the 1800 mouth guards were made out of tape, cotton, sponges, and even little pieces of wood. Obviously, back then they were not comfortable but they were vital to special sports and procedures. With being such a new product there was no way to hold the guards in the mouth. As boxers and wrestlers used them they would have to keep them in their mouth by grinding and clenching their teeth.
With the problem of holding the mouth guard in place, a British dentist named Woolf Krause, found a new solution to that in 1892. Be made a rubber resign called a “gutta-percha,” this device went over the teeth before they would go into the ring. Then in 1921 during a championship fighting match Krause’s son Phillip Krause, invented the first ever reusable mouthpiece. Strangely, there were three other men that also made a mouth guard. Just like Krause, they were also dentists. Jaccob Marks had made one in 1916 that was used by Dinnie O’Leefe. Also, Thomas A. Carlos an American Dentist and E. Allen Franke a dentist from Chicago ma...
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