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Brain Injury and Talking Teeth

   As a child, my parents would take me to a Dentist named Dr. Evey. Now, most kids are scared of the dentist and so was I. Dr. Evey  had experience in dealing with those fears.

     Every time I would go for a teeth cleaning, that same fear would creep on my shoulder. So, he would make great effort in making me laugh.

     He kept a collection of false teeth and would pretend like the teeth would talk to me. It was almost like a puppet show, but they were just talking teeth.

     I would laugh my fears away because of those talking teeth. In fact, I always would ask him to pull all my teeth, so I could have my own set of false teeth.

     I thought that it would really be fun to pull those teeth out and play with them. I had no thought of the consequences. My brain was not developed enough to understand a future of Polident; scary corn on the cob events; and the fact that teenagers are not humored with false teeth, like a kid might be.

     Thankfully, Dr. Evey did not take me seriously. He just cleaned my teeth and sent me on my way until the next “tooth show”. My brain was not developed to appreciate that pulling all my teeth was not a good idea.

    Decision making is made in the frontal lobe of our brains. When someone gets in an accident and hits their head, it can have a long term effect on the executive functioning and thinking.

     Our practice represents many people that have hit their head in a car crash. Many have their symptoms resolve in a year. Some, though, have permanent problems that effect them for life.

     Brain injury can occur without bring knocked unconscious. Sometimes, even the force of an airbag can cause such trauma.

     The impact on the person extends to family members. Some describe the event as “the day I lost my wife or husband” . The person they married is changed and it’s because of someone’s carelessness.

     For brain injury, help needs to be given to the individual and to the family. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIA) provides information on treatment and support groups. It also helps families cope with the issues of brain injury.

     Sometimes, just understanding the issues and symptoms becomes a big relief to families. A brain injured person is helped to overcome being a victim; to become a brain injury survivor.

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