In an earlier Health Talk post, Matt wrote about the importance of helmets and mouth guards. In that post our expert’s advice on mouth guards was simple: wear them!

Of course I wanted to find out more. What was the University of Minnesota doing to support Gopher athletes and their teeth?

I turned to James Gambucci, D.D.S., M.P.H., in the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota, who along with Mark Roettger, D.D.S., clinical director of the General Practice Residency Program and past president of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, has been instrumental in coordinating a dental care program between the School of Dentistry and the Athletics Department.

Not only does Gambucci “get” teeth, but as a former U of M hockey player himself, he understands firsthand the importance of mouth guards!

Here’s what he had to say:

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