Are you an athlete? Do you love the game you are playing? Do you play hard?
I try my all to play basketball as hard as possible, because I love it. If I would not give my all, I would not be satisfied with myself. It would be a waste of time. Therefore, I put pressure on my opponent, go to every rebound, and jump for the loose ball. Obviously, my opponents do not like me on the court but that is another topic.
All the intensity I bring on the court can lead to accidents. I have had people run into me, elbow me, fall on me. Many crazy things happened. I you play hard this might have happened to you before. One time, I dived for the ball and fell over the opponent bench and hit my head. It hurt bad for a few days. Fortunately, it was nothing serious.
It was only a practice when I was 17 years old. I played defense and put pressure on the ball. The guy I guarded ripped the ball through. That is where it happened. He elbowed one of my front teeth. It hurt kinda bad, but not really. I walked to the rest room, cleaned the blood and I felt it was somewhat loose. I thought I would be good.
A few days after practice I went to the dentist who told me the tooth died. The nerves and the circulatory system is cut off. If I would leave my tooth the way it is, it would turn black over time. Obviously, I did not want that to happen. they almost sharped everything off of the tooth and put a “crown” on my it. The process was long and annoying. Also, it has a slightly different color.
I do not wish that to anybody. The pain during the accident was not really intense but it was very bothering. After the accident, the tooth was loose. When eating, it constantly hurt and I was afraid it was going to fall off. And you can prevent all that with one thing.
A mouthpiece can prevent all the problems accompanied with teeth accidents. You can keep your natural teeth, prevent pain, and you can eat food without problems. It might look weird and feel weird in the beginning. However, you have to decide if you want to wear a mouthpiece for a few hours, or have one tooth less for your whole life.
It Is Scary
My teammate went up for a rebound. The area was crowded. I did not see exactly what happened but after the referee blew the whistle, my teammate was on his knees grabbing another guys jersey. He looked like he was in immense pain and pointed at his mouth. Luckily, some professionals rushed in from the side and treated him. He went to the hospital where they treated him. Now he has a artificial tooth.
To Sum It Up
Whatever sport you do, accidents can happen. In some sports more, in some less. If you give it your all, you can not prevent accidents but you can protect yourself. Therefore, I recommend wearing a mouthpiece (especially for Basketball).
Thank you for Reading 🙂