He is the hockey player’s best friend.
For the last seven years, Marlies dentist Dr. Matthew Orzech has been cleaning up the damage from stray pucks, sticks and punches.
Quick. How many times has one of his players lost a tooth?
Fifty? One hundred?
“Three,” Dr. Orzech said. “Because of the protection from mouth guards, it’s almost unknown for a player to lose a tooth.”
So much for the image of the gap-toothed hockey player.
“Mouthguards are mandatory and even when a player gets a direct hit in the mouth ...