Did the Yankee’s Aaron Judge really have to see a family dentist because of an injury in a game and a knocked out tooth? Online reports say he was playing the Rays and had an injury to his mouth. I thought mouth guards were required for professional baseball players. I’m asking because my 12 yr old twin sons play softball and they love Judge, but they don’t want to wear mouth guards. They wear them but they complain alot. If the story is true, I would like to use this as an example for my sons of what can happen if they try to sneak and not wear a mouth guard while they are playing. Our family dentist doesn’t do cosmetic dentistry either, so they would be in big trouble because I’m a single mom and can’t begin to afford that kind of dental care. Thanks for the tip. Lynni
Lynni – There are a lot of rumors about Judge’s incident, and it’s difficult to tell which are correct. We’ll review what we have learned.
Did Aaron Judge See a Family Dentist?
Aaron Judge did have an incident that sent him to the dentist, but we don’t know if he visited a family dentist or not.
Photo of Yankees players after agame and Aaron Judge's tooth issue, from San Jose dentists of Hillsdale Dental Care.Another point of clarification is that the injury occurred after the game—not during it. Yankee’s players rushed onto the field to celebrate the win. Judge’s helmet fell to the ground. He reached down to grab it so it wouldn’t cause an injury to any of the players. When he came back up with the helmet, he hit his mouth, he thinks on someone’s back.
The game was over, so Judge wasn’t wearing a mouth guard. On his way off the field, Judge kept his mouth covered, so you can’t find online before and after photos.
Some reports reveal that Judge broke a tooth and a temporary crown was put over it right away. His comments on the matter are: “It kind of shocked me at first. I thought both my teeth got knocked in, so I was trying to cover up as best I can and get out of there. I tried to rush off the field before anyone could notice, but there were a lot of cameras around.”
Regardless of the injury, a mouth guard would have helped. If these kinds of accidents can occur after a game, it highlights the importance of players protecting their mouth during the game.
Ask Your Family Dentist to Speak with Your Sons
You can share the incident with your twins, and help them understand the importance of wearing a mouth guard to prevent or reduce injuries and stay in the game. And you’re right a —family dentist needs to have training in cosmetic dentistry to restore a tooth and produce natural-looking results. You can ask your family dentist can also speak with them to reinforce the importance of protecting their mouths.
This post is sponsored by San Jose dentists Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob of Hillsdale Dental Care.