At this point, some high schools and college sports teams have resumed practicing. It may be too early to know whether the fall seasons will start on time, be delayed, or be canceled. If you are taking the field, we encourage you to play safe by following health experts’ recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19. We also hope you will wear an athletic mouthguard while you are practicing or competing.
Protect Your Smile
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend wearing mouthguards for all high-impact sports. This can reduce your risk of breaking or losing teeth during your sport of choice.
What Are High-Impact Sports?
For these purposes high-impact sports involve one or more of the following:
- Contact between participants (e.g. football)
- Sudden changes in speed and/or direction (e.g. soccer or field hockey)
- Jumping (e.g. volleyball or spirit)
- Objects that are hit or need to be caught (e.g. baseball or softball)
Many sports combine two or more of these factors, which is why mouthguards are encouraged even for sports in which they are not required. When you are able to take the field or the court again, we don’t want a dental injury to derail your season.
Choose The Best Protection
At Nashua Family Dentistry, we can create custom-molded mouthguards for the athletes in your family. This includes youth athletics, budding high school stars, and adults who compete in recreational leagues. The ADA and AAPD note that the custom mouthguards offer better protection, are more comfortable, and don’t affect breathing the way bulky boil-and-bite mouthguards cans.