Around half of divers that scuba dive have experienced oral problems after doing so. This is something that has been widely researched.
With this being said, if you plan on scuba diving it is best to understanding the risks and take precautions to ensure that your oral health is protected when you do so. Regular divers should also take warnings and precautions to make sure that they care for their oral health, as well.
Jaw or Tooth PainChanges in the atmospheric pressure as you descend into the ocean makes the jaw or tooth hurt. This can cause a problem in the mouth or jaw area. When the diver gets back to ground level, then the pain can be reduced but some divers deal with the pain while they're underwater to do the things they want to do while under there.
This is also known as dental squeeze and it occurs frequently.
Tooth Filling FracturedWhen air is trapped in the filling area, it can cause the area a lot of pain. This also happens in cavities that create air hole pockets. As the diver goes up to the surface for air, this then pushes the air out of the filled or cavity area and causes the diver extreme pain. Some have even lost their filling because of the force of this.
Be wary of fillings when you get in and out of the water as a diver and if a filling is lost, speak with our dentists right away.
Speak with our office and visit a dentist to find out how you can reduce your chances of having dental squeeze happen to you if you're a regular diver. It is important to try and reduce the problems you're experiencing and through the use of a qualified dentist, this can be done.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (208) 391-8554 today.