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March Madness and ADA-developed mouthguard standard in spotlight

ANSI publication highlights ADA standards efforts during NCAA playoffs

In an online article March 19, the American National Standards Institute highlighted the importance of standards in the world of sports and mentioned the ADA-developed standard for mouthguards as one of note.

The American Dental Association is accredited by ANSI to develop standards to help ensure that dental products are safe and reliable.

The ANSI article mentioned the standard that the ADA developed for mouthguards made from thermoplastic or thermosetting polymeric materials. Said the article, "The ANS [American National Standard], ANSI/ADA 99-2001 (R2007), Athletic Mouth Protectors and Materials, covers mouth guards that can be formed by pressing the material against an individual's teeth or on a model of their teeth, and includes requirements for packaging and labeling associated with these products."

The ANSI article looked at standards through the prism of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Division I Basketball Championship, informally known as March Madness, noting that standards are in place for a range of tournament-related products and elements. These include such areas as channel coding and modulation for digital multiservice distribution systems used by cable networks; lighting setups; athletic footwear; and, of course, protective mouthguards.

ADA volunteers completed the ANSI/ADA Standard No. 99 for Athletic Mouth Protectors and Materials in 2001 and reaffirmed it in 2007 to specify requirements for developing a prophylactic device to prevent injuries related to contact sports, including basketball.

More information about ADA standards activities is posted in the Standards section of ADA.org.