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Xavier Ellis explains how teammate Elliot Yeo lost his teeth

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Brad Elborough
Elliot Yeo faces dental surgery to fix his broken front teeth. © Michael Dodge Elliot Yeo faces dental surgery to fix his broken front teeth.

While West Coast's Elliot Yeo must be considered unlucky to have had his two front teeth knocked out on to the MCG on Saturday night, it’s amazing that it can still happen on an AFL arena.

It’s been nearly five years since then Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin had a tooth knocked out in a marking contest with then St Kilda defender Zac Dawson.

Like Yeo, he too had his mouthguard on him, but it was also tucked in to his sock.

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Gary Moorhead, at the time Chief Executive Officer of Sports Medicine Australia, sent out a reminder following that incident reminding “sportspeople that mouthguards are designed to be worn, not to be tucked into socks”.

Sounds simple enough.

“A well-fitting mouthguard should be an essential part of a footballer’s protective equipment and should be worn at all times,” he said in a release the week after Buddy’s incident.

Yeo’s teammate Xavier Ellis said that he kept his mouth guard in his mouth at all times because of incidents like the one on the weekend.

Against the Pies on Saturday, Yeo dropped an uncontested mark and then ran into Witts' shoulder just seconds before the half-time siren sounded.

“I don't take mine out for that reason. I think he had it in for the majority of the night and took it out for 30 seconds to have a breather. I don't think he'll do that again,” Ellis said.

“I think he just took it out for literally 30 seconds and the ball came, so it's a hefty price to pay.”

Yeo’s teeth were not knocked out at the roots, but appear to have snapped.

However, he is expected to be available for selection to play against North Melbourne on Sunday.

“I played in a game when Lance Franklin had his teeth knocked out and he played the next week. I'm not sure what Elliot's progress would be, but I'm confident he'll be all right,” Ellis, a former Hawk said.

“I haven't spoken to him today - he'll get them fixed up and work on his uncontested marking during the week.”

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