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Last updated on Mar 9, 2021 @ 4:06 am     
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A Hockey Goalkeeper defending his goal. possibility of goalkeepers being hit in the face by the puck makes it important to wear face & mouth guards for hockey games & practice.Face & Mouth Guards for hockey players can provide vital protection against serious facial injuries. Hockey is fast moving and somewhat random in nature and involves frequent contact with other players as well as with equipment and fixtures.

Concussion is perhaps the most serious injury in this group. Interestingly, in male hockey, which permits “checking”, it is also among the most prevalent injuries to the head, face or neck area. Although mouth guards for hockey players are useful accessories, only the use of a hockey helmet will help to protect against concussion injuries. You can find additional advice on treating and managing concussion injuries here

If you are not using a helmet, the use of a face guard for hockey may be a wise measure if you have previously suffered an injury to the eyes, nose or other parts of the face. It will protect the injury from contact with foreign bodies and help to ensure that healing continues uninterrupted.

Injuries to the mouth, tongue and teeth are also factors in the sport of hockey. Players should obviously consider the use of  mouth guards for hockey games in order to reduce the risks of these injuries. The cost of dental treatment of injuries caused by a blow to the mouth far outweighs that of a mouth guard. That makes a mouth guard for hockey an extremely productive investment for a hockey player. In addition to protecting your mouth, tongue and teeth, a well designed mouth guard can help to protect your jawbone from fracture.

Caring For Your Mouth Guard

To ensure you get the maximum benefit from your mouth guard, follow the appropriate steps for its care. Clean it before and after each use using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Doing so will reduce the risk of oral health issues that you could face as a result of using an unclean mouth guard for hockey.

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