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The Effectiveness of the Removal of DNA from the Surfaces of EVA-Based Mouthguards using Standard Cleaning Protocols

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Journal Article - Open Access

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Background The American Dental Association has recognized the value of mouthguards for all those who participate in contact sports and recreational activities in the reduction of sport-related dental injuries. It has been well documented that participants of all ages, genders and skill level are at risk of sustaining dental injuries in sporting activities, including organized and unorganized sports at both recreational and competitive levels. Since mouthguards are repeatedly transferred between the oral cavity and the exterior environment, they are potential sources of infection. This is particularly true due to the fact that mouth guards are often used by athletes and military personnel in outdoor settings and given the fact that soil microbes are known reservoirs of antibiotic resistance genes. Currently, only acrylic resin denture cleaning regimens have been developed to reduce the potential for bacterial and fungal contamination. Although many studies call for daily sanitizing compared to studies of dentures showing marked reductions in microbial loads, no studies on Ethylene-Vinyl-Acetate mouthguards have suggested which method of sanitizing is most effective.

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  • Hygiene and Sanitation

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