September 1, 2012
Exercise is good for people of all ages. Young, middle-aged, and elderly alike can all benefit from a little physical activity each day. The reason boils down to simple physiology. A higher heart-rate increases the flow of red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to all parts of the body, and remove waste and impurities. A person who eats well and exercises regularly will usually be in an overall healthier state.
When you pick an exercise, make sure you protect your head and body from the possibility of any injury. One of the most important things to consider when playing any contact sport is the need to wear a mouth piece. Mouth pieces do wonders in protecting oneself from not only problems in the mouth, but also the brain, jaw, and face in general. Trauma to a tooth caused by a physical blow can irreversibly damage the flow of blood to it, necessitating a root canal treatment. Broken teeth, swelling, and sensitivity can occur as a result of blunt-force trauma to the teeth.
DK, a young woman at the age of 16, came to my dental office with her dad. She was on the wrestling team at her school, and had just had an accident at while wrestling a young man in a match. Her opponent, a much larger young man, elbowed her in the face and broke her upper-big incisor, which also cut her upper lip. Needless to say, she was in a great amount of pain, the area was very swollen, and she was not happy to see her tooth broken. After an initial exam, I told her that the best course of action would be to do a root canal, place a post, and a brand new porcelain crown. I also recommended she get a tetanus injection from her physician. This kind of injury could have been prevented had she been wearing a mouthpiece.
Where can you get a mouthpiece?
1. You can get a readymade mouthpiece from Walmart, Sav-On, K-Mart, and any other big box supermarkets, as well as some pharmacies like Walgreens. Prices start from around $4 and up depending on how comprehensively you want it to cover your teeth. They should come with directions on how to apply. Typically it will instruct you to put the mouthpiece inside hot water, which will make it softer and more malleable. Next, place the piece in your mouth and shape it with your fingers so that it conforms to the surfaces of your teeth.
2. If you do not like readymade mouthpieces because they don’t fit very well, go to your dentist so that they can make one customized to your mouth. Professionally made mouthpieces are much more comfortable and resilient to breakage. You won’t even know you’re wearing one!
If you like sports like basketball, wrestling, football, soccer, judo, taekwondo, karate, or any other body contact sport, remember this: “DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR MOUTHPIECE.”
The resulting swollen lip and damaged tooth caused by the wrestling accident.
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