Did you know high and low altitudes can affect more than just your ears? Well, it’s true! It can affect your teeth as well. This phenomenon is called tooth squeeze, also known as barodontalgia, and it usually occurs when you’re scuba diving, flying on a plane or other aircraft, diving in a submarine, climbing a tall mountain, or participating in another activity that involves altitude change.
This occurs because sometimes there can be air pockets in your teeth, especially if you have a loose or damaged dental filling, crown, or denture or when you’re suffering from tooth decay. When you have air pockets, the altitude change makes them expand or contract, causing tooth pain and discomfort.
To help you prevent or fight this dental issue, our Carp Dental team encourages you to do the following things:
Before Your Adventure
-Get a dental exam: Dr. Brian Carp can examine your entire smile and treat any signs of decay or infection, and he can also fix any issues with old dental fillings and dental crowns.
-Maintain your oral health: It’s best to keep up on oral hygiene every day and visit your dentist every six months. These things can help you prevent decay and other dental issues.
-Wait after treatment: It’s best to avoid flying or diving for at least 24 hours if you received a dental treatment that involved anesthesia. If you’ve had oral surgery, wait at least 7 days.
During and After Your Adventure
-Avoid consuming hot or cold products: Sudden temperature changes in the mouth can make the pain worse. If you’re on a flight, avoid the coffee and ice cream and only have treats that are at room temperature.
-Visit your dentist ASAP: Once you’re on land, call your dentist immediately to have the issue fixed. Your dentist can fix any loose dental restorations and eliminate the cause of your pain.
If you would like to learn more about tooth squeeze in Norristown, Pennsylvania, please feel free to call our office today at 610-275-1565 and talk to Dr. Brian Carp or a member of our dental team at your earliest convenience!