Whether we’re participants or spectators, the thrill of athletic competition has captured our hearts since ancient times. Extreme sports take this thrill to a whole new level. While regular sports can be dangerous at times, for the most part participating in them is not considered a high-risk endeavor. Extreme sports, on the other hand, derive their moniker from their inherently dangerous nature. When you participate in extreme sports, you’re actively putting your well being on the line. While this might sound, well, extreme to some, others find the prospect of putting one’s life in peril in the name of sport irresistibly thrilling.
One part of the body that takes an especially brutal beating in extreme sports is the mouth—it’s not uncommon for extreme sport enthusiasts to be missing a few teeth. In any case, you’ll want to make sure you have a good dentist.
Bicycle motocross, or BMX, originated in the 1970s when kids with bikes attempted to emulate the motocross that was becoming popular at the time. It entails riding a bicycle around an obstacle-studded track, flinging oneself off a series of jumps and half-pipes, and spending a considerable amount of time airborne.
When executed correctly these miraculous tricks are a sight to behold. Inevitably, however, they go horribly awry from time to time, which is where the dentist comes in. One wrong move and you’re missing a few teeth.
Windsurfing is exactly what it sounds like: harnessing the power of wind, windsurfers maneuver a board in the water, often performing gravity defying tricks and jumps.
Windsurfers were the first to conquer some of the biggest, most vicious waves in the world, thanks to the enhanced mobility of windsurfing in comparison to traditional surfing. With all that equipment soaring above the water in high winds, somebody’s bound to knock their teeth out now and again.
Skydiving goes against all of our most primal instincts. Our ancestors were the members of the species that opted not to fling themselves into oblivion, plummeting to their certain deaths. The early humans that thought doing so would be a good idea were generally not around long enough to reproduce.
The survival instincts that tell us to avoid free falling are what make sky diving such a thrilling adrenaline rush. Jumping out of a plane with only a parachute to prevent your imminent doom is generally pretty safe, thanks to the licensing requirements for skydiving practitioners, but that landing is bound to get bumpy from time to time—and your teeth could pay the price.
Skiing and snowboarding are two sides of the same coin; they both involve strapping boards to your feet in order to speed down a snowy mountainside.
Many people love to ski and snowboard, but a select few take these sports to their extreme outer limits. Whether it’s maneuvering off of cliffs in avalanche territory or pulling off major feats in the half pipe, extreme skiing and snowboarding is ripe with opportunities to mess up your mouth.