A shout out and congratulations to Bishop Guertin girls’ soccer team for their Division I title win and to Nashua South on capturing the boys’ soccer Division I title!
No matter what sport(s) you or your children play, remember – it’s just as important to think about protecting your teeth as much as the rest of your body. In fact, did you know that more than 5 million teeth are fractured and/lost each year with a reported 13-39% of incidents being sports-related; many during sports activities, resulting in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.1
Although sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball do not typically have rules related to the wearing of mouthguards as a uniform requirement, the American Dental Association (ADA) does recommend wearing a properly-fitted mouthguard for these and many other sports. For the same reasons there are shin guards, and shoulder, elbow, and knee pads – think about how exposed your teeth are to flying balls, pucks, elbows, fists, and all other sports equipment and body parts that make sports exciting to play and fun to watch – but can cause significant trauma or loss of a tooth or several teeth.
Protect your whole self – starting with a healthy smile. A properly-fitted mouthguard is a great place to start.