Eric Gordon chips front tooth for second time

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: Pelicans' shooting guard Eric Gordon chipped his tooth in game versus the Clippers.

Posted: March 30, 2015

Mouth injuries have become an increasing problem in the NBA, encouraging many players to wear mouth guards to reduce their risk of injury. However, these preventative measures are still not taken by everyone, and sometimes accidents happen. Yet Eric Gordon, a shooting guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, may want to start wearing a mouth guard after he chipped his front tooth for the second time in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gordon first broke his tooth in college when he played for the Indiana Hoosiers.

The injury
Gordon sustained the injury during the third quarter in a tight game against the Clippers. While mouth injuries often occur during scuffles in the paint or from flagrant elbows, Gordon's was accidentally self-inflicted. Down 61-62, Gordon dribbled at the perimeter and tried to make a move to drive toward the net, but tripped and fell to the ground. He hit his chin on the court and the sheer force knocked the piece of tooth from his mouth.

"I got tripped up," Gordon said after the game. "I don't know exactly what happened. I thought I got fouled, but I just got tripped up, lost control and it was just weird to hit my face on the floor. It was painful, I had a bit of a headache, but I was still going to play."

Remarkably, Gordon continued to play and finished the game with 23 bench points, but it wasn't enough to stop the Clippers from a 107-100 victory. Gordon later commented on Instagram that it might be time for him to start wearing a mouth piece.

When Gordon played for the Hoosiers, the same tooth was chipped in a game against North Alabama. The then-freshman Gordon was inadvertently bumped early in the second half and had to leave the game. However, after several minutes having the broken tooth attended to, Gordon returned to the game and contributed to the overwhelming 121-76 win over the Lions. Similar to his performance in the NBA, he didn't appear phased by the injury and put up 24 points.

Currently there is no rule about wearing mouth guards in either the NCAA or the NBA. Basketball is often a much more physical game than generally believed, and such a rule may help protect the general oral health of players.

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