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Improving the Wearing Rate of Mouthguards in the Youth Rugby Category Affects the Total Future Mouthguard Wearing Rate

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Department of Sports Medicine/Dentistry, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, 1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8549, Japan
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Department of Orthodontics, Kumudini Women’s Medical College, Dhaka University, Nilkhet Road, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
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Dent. J. 2020, 8(3), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8030077
Received: 18 May 2020 / Revised: 24 June 2020 / Accepted: 7 July 2020 / Published: 27 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Restorative Dentistry and Traumatology)
The aim of this study is to consider the hypothesis that wearing mouthguards (MGs) from a young age helps to shape players’ habit of continuing to wear MGs as adults. In addition, we consider the mandatory rule of wearing mouthguards in the youth category on the future wearing rates of mouthguards. Eighty-five Japanese male amateur rugby players were included in this study. We examined the relationship between the wearing rates of mouthguards when participants were high school students and as adults (in 2018) using a questionnaire. Collected data were classified into categories (age, mouthguard type, and applied mandatory rule or not), and their relationships were analyzed. The wearing rate of mouthguards in high school was significantly related to the wearing rate of mouthguards in adulthood (χ2 = 12.1, p < 0.01). The mandatory rule to wear mouthguards at high school was related to the wearing rates of mouthguards as adults, but not significantly (χ2 = 3.42, p = 0.06). Participants’ mouthguard wearing rates as adults were affected by their high school wearing rates. The mandatory rule of wearing mouthguards in the youth category may be somewhat effective for improving mouthguard wearing rates; however, it is more important to provide knowledge about their importance. View Full-Text
Keywords: mouthguard; wearing rate; rugby; young athletes; custom-made mouthguard mouthguard; wearing rate; rugby; young athletes; custom-made mouthguard
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Hayashi, K.; Churei, H.; Tanabe, G.; Togawa, K.; Chowdhury, R.U.; Ueno, T. Improving the Wearing Rate of Mouthguards in the Youth Rugby Category Affects the Total Future Mouthguard Wearing Rate. Dent. J. 2020, 8, 77. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8030077

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Hayashi K, Churei H, Tanabe G, Togawa K, Chowdhury RU, Ueno T. Improving the Wearing Rate of Mouthguards in the Youth Rugby Category Affects the Total Future Mouthguard Wearing Rate. Dentistry Journal. 2020; 8(3):77. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8030077

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Hayashi, Kairi, Hiroshi Churei, Gen Tanabe, Kaito Togawa, Ruman U. Chowdhury, and Toshiaki Ueno. 2020. "Improving the Wearing Rate of Mouthguards in the Youth Rugby Category Affects the Total Future Mouthguard Wearing Rate" Dentistry Journal 8, no. 3: 77. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8030077

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