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If you’re a hockey player, then you need to think about your smile as you skate, dribble, and shoot. This might sound odd, but it’s true. Hockey is a high-contact sport that can result in dental injury and even dental issues if you’re not careful. So, care for your smile as you practice and play. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, has some tips.

First, wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard can protect your teeth when hard, forceful objects hit them, which will most likely happen because a blow to the face in hockey is common. If you wear a mouthguard, there is a good chance you can prevent oral injury, like chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth as well as a damaged tongue and injured oral tissues.

Second, avoid drinking sports drinks. Sports drinks are great for the body but damaging for your smile. This is because they are compounded with sugar, and sugar can promote tooth decay development (cavities). So, maintain a strong and healthy smile by drinking water instead of sports drinks.

For more information and details about how to care for your smile this hockey season in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, please contact our dental team at James D. Schuette. DDS.. All you need to do is dial 816-554-7656 and we will be thrilled to give you the answers and help you need!