If you're a sportsman at any level, you owe it to your teeth to protect them.
If you're one of our three regular readers, you’ll know by now that we love our rugby. Imagine how happy we were, therefore, to see the wheels come off England’s chariot in the Aviva last weekend.
The efforts by the Irish team were quite remarkable. The English team is massive, and the power they generated in the tackle could almost be felt up in the safety of the stands, from where we watched the game.
And not for the first time, we thanked God that our lads were guarding their teeth – if not their life and limbs – through the use of mouthguards.
These days, we take it for granted that everyone on the pitch will have a guard in place, but this is not necessarily so. Back in early 2016, for example A number of mighty All Blacks got a gentle reprimand for going onto the field of play without dental protection.
In two test matches against Wales, it was noted that four players – Ben Smith, Ardie Savea, Malakai Fekitoa and Waisake Naholo were clearly playing with their teeth exposed to whatever stray elbow or head that might come their way.
You might be inclined to say that this was their own business, but no so. By going bare-gummed, the players were actually contravening an agreement between New Zealand Rugby and the Rugby Players Collective Incorporated, the representative body of the players.
The relevant part of this agreements states that players “must wear a mouthguard in the course of playing rugby for a New Zealand team or when contact training".
We were immensely pleased to see that the wearing of mouthguards was mandatory – not because it provides us with business, but because it protects the wellbeing of our sporting heroes.
Sadly, however, the example of professionals is not always followed by amateur players, or by a bunch of lads having a kickabout on a Sunday morning. There’s rarely a Monday goes by here in the surgery that we don't have an emergency case presenting itself following a collision on the field of play.
The solutions we provide range from implants to dentures to simple porcelain crowns. All of them provide a perfectly acceptable solution, but it would have been better if the problem hadn’t occurred in the first place.
When you consider the typical dental crown cost, it would definitely be more cost-efective to shell out a few bob for a mouthguard. Prevention is very definitely better than cure!
If you choose to ignore our warning, however, and need an intervention for crown dental Dublin is home to some brilliant dentists who can sort you out in double quick time. And yes – we include our good selves at MyDental in this claim!
But back to the main point of this article. No matter what level you're playing at, you need a mouthguard if you're playing a contact sport. It’s not just rugby we're talking about, but rugby, GAA, basketball, hurling, mountain biking and a whole host of others.
If you fancy finding out a little bit more on this topic, here's a handy starting point for your research - http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=C&iid=301&aid=1204