Dr. Michael Hutchison, a dentist in Traverse City, MI, who specializes in neuromuscular and pain management dentistry, knew there had to be a better way to reduce the incidents of concussions for athletes who engage in contact and collision sports.
Standard mouthguards were not providing the needed protection, and in some cases, he said, it could be counterproductive. So, Dr. Hutchison began developing and testing a mouthguard that protects and maintains anatomical jaw alignment during contact and collision sports in 2003.
The PowerPlus Mouthguard, a medically patented mouthguard, establishes the correct physiologic jaw position. It fits on the lower teeth (instead of upper, like most regular mouthguards), reducing and dissipating the G-Force, the pressure experienced upon the impact of G-Force, thereby lowering injury.
An avid sports fan, Dr. Hutchison used the help of his son’s eighth-grade football team to determine the PowerPlus Mouthguard’s effectiveness. The results were astronomical.
“It took me about 13 years to get tired of the band-aid approach to concussions,” Dr. Hutchison said. “I started testing it on my son’s football team. There was a 25 percent strength increase out of 100 boys. After a 0-3 start, they went on to win the championship.”
More importantly, he said, “Not one of those boys had a concussion over six years of wearing my mouthguard.”
Initially, a dentist designed a traditional mouthguard 69 years ago to cover upper teeth, prevent tooth fracture, and injury to the lips and gums.
As a practicing dentist for over 32 years, Dr. Hutchison teaches everyone to embrace the discovery of physiologic jaw alignment when participating in contact and collision sports. He said this mindset will help reduce the risk of concussive forces reaching your brain while increasing your strength and athletic performance.
Dr. Hutchison explained that all a standard mouthguard does is keep you from breaking your teeth. But only the PowerPlus Mouthguard can lower the G-Force impact on your brain.
The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 15.1 percent of students reported having at least one concussion related to sports or physical activity, and 6.0 percent reported having two or more.
“Concussions have become a real problem,” he explained. “No one can agree on a solution. What we’re talking about is putting the jaw in proper alignment. You want it in the centermost position of the skull,” adding that too far back and too forward will cause the brain to rattle inside your head.
“Most mouthguards are one-size-fits-all, but we all know we are different,” Dr. Hutchison said. “It takes a lot of resources to change people’s minds. People don’t think about mouth guards. They think it’s a thrown in as part of their uniforms.”
To further validate PowerPlus Mouthguard concussion protection, Dr. Hutchison and colleagues conducted a study from 2003 to 2018 in which 4010 players used a Mandibular Physiological Resting Position (MPRP) custom mouthguard.
What were the conclusions? Only nine players out of 5500 failed the concussion protocol as well as handed a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Thus, the concussion rate of athletes wearing an MPRP custom mouthguard was 0.16 percent (9/5,500), according to the study.
Next, 110 players of the 2018 University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) College Football team wore the MPRP custom mouthguard. What were the results? The team had a 0 percent (0/110) rate for the entire season of practices and games.
Additionally, UAB won the 2018 C-USA Championship, two years after the university’s athletic department cut the football program.
Further evidence pointed to the mouthguards’ benefits. A 2018 high school football team (grades 9-12) had half of the players wearing the MPRP custom mouthguard and the other half wearing regular mouth guards as a control. 86 players had the MPRP custom mouthguard, and one had a concussion. Whereas 84 players did not wear the custom mouth guard, and 13 had concussions.
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In addition to a drop in concussion incidents, the PowerPlus Mouthguard optimizes upper–lower jaw relationships that improve your strength, balance, and oxygen intake while providing you with the ability to speak while engaging in sports, per Dr. Hutchison.
But Dr. Hutchison said the MPRP mouthguard is not just for contact and collision sports. It can be used for cheerleading, baseball, golf, track and field, and powerlifting to reduce concussions and improve overall athletic performance.
“There isn’t a better mouthguard out there,” he attested. “PowerPlus is the best way to protect yourself, make you stronger, and breathe better.”
For more information on the PowerPlus Mouthguard, visit PowerPlusMouthguard.com.
By Jerry Del Priore
Photos Courtesy of Dr. Hutchison