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How can I prevent my young hockey player from dental trauma?

Hockey has long been known to be associated with dental emergencies and lost teeth. Wearing a mouth guard is a simple, inexpensive way to prevent injuries. Mouth guards may be ready-made types, the mouth-formed "boil-and-bite" mouth protector, or custom-made models by a dentist.

Wearing an ice hockey helmet approved by USA Hockey is also important. These helmets may come with face cages or clear cages that extend beneath the jaw and support the chin. There are also jaw-only guards. Remember that even these precautions might not protect the teeth.

With any sport, particularly a physical sport, there is the possibility of contact with your teeth or mouth. Wearing a mouth guard helps protect the teeth from trauma. Mouth guards are removable and can be inserted when beginning play. Wearing a helmet with a face mask or face guard can also help to protect the face, mouth and sometimes jaw.

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