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Are you a hockey player? If so, you’re probably working hard dribbling the puck, skating as fast as you can, and scoring as many goals as possible. In addition to all of these things, you also need to care for your smile. This is because hockey can damage your teeth and gums if you aren’t careful, especially because there is a lot of contact involved in the sport. To help you care for your smile this hockey season in Valdez, Alaska, our dentist, Dr. F. Todd Wortham & Seth Jorgensen, has some tips for you.

First, wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a handy appliance that can protect your smile when you suffer a blow to the face, which will most likely happen because of the players slamming into you and the puck flying toward your face many times. Having smile protection is very important otherwise you can suffer an oral injury. It’s common to experience chipped, broken, and knocked-out teeth when you’re not wearing a mouthguard when you get hit in the mouth.

Second, avoid drinking sports drinks. Sports drinks are great in theory, but, in reality, they can damage your smile. This is because they are loaded with sugar. Sugar can cause cavities. So, if you want to maintain a strong and healthy smile, it’s best to drink water instead of sports drinks.

Do you have any questions? If so, please feel free to contact our dental team at Foothills Dentistry. The more you know, the better, so don’t be afraid to contact 907-885-2436 today!