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If you're a sportsman, you need to take extra special care of your teeth while on the field of play. Here’s why.

If you're a sports fan like us, you can’t have missed the fact that one of Ireland’s favourite sportsmen recently suffered a horrendous injury on the field of play.

The game between Ireland and Wales was hugely important in terms of deciding who might go on to take part in the finals of the World Cup in Russia in 2018. But it was overshadowed completely by the horrific double leg break to Irish captain, Seamus Coleman.

The scenes of him writhing in agony are hard to forget, and RTE thought the injury was so bad that they refused to replay the incident.

We sincerely hope that Seamus makes a full recovery from this injury, and he’s such a strong-willed young man that we’re 100% confident we’ll see him leading out the Irish team again in the not-too-distant future.

But why are we mentioning this in today’s blog? It’s because we’re talking today about teeth crowns. One of the most frequently recurring reasons why people visit us for crowns or other restorative processes is sporting injuries.

And while we’ve often mentioned how responsible our rugby guys and gals are to wear mouth-guards, the same tradition doesn’t exist in soccer and many other contact sports.

The moral of the Seamus Coleman story – even though it involved his leg rather than his mouth – is that you can never rule out a serious injury on the field of play. What you can do, however, is take any preventative measures possible. That’s why soccer players wear shin guards, but surely it's time for them to protect their teeth as well?

Whether at a professional level or just having a kickabout in the park, players contest high balls with each other, which means that their head and mouth are wide open to injury.

And think about it for a minute. Mouth-guard prices are way lower than tooth crown prices, so surely an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure?

Whether you opt for zirconium crowns or something more basic, wouldn’t it have been far better if you didn’t have to shell out at all.

So next time you're togging out in the Phoenix Park, why not consider making sure that your gear-bag always has a mouth-guard in place. After the first twenty minutes or so of wearing it, you’ll actually forget it's there.

And it has absolutely no negative impact on your ability to breathe easily when you're under pressure. Just look at how guys like Rory Best or Jamie Heaslip get through a full 80 minutes of lung-busting effort despite wearing oral protection.

Maybe it's time for you to be the author of change in your local soccer club or casual five-a-side group. Why not mail them a link to this article and suggest that you all take up the mouth-guar habit at the same time? It's your chance to be trendsetters!

If you think you'd like to read some more about the topic of tooth crowns, here’s a handy starting point for you - http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=C&iid=301&aid=1204