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Scuba Diving Can Cause Damage to Your Oral Health

Posted on 5/30/2017 by Boeckel
A man suffering from jaw pain after scuba diving.
There's a whole other world deep under the surface of the ocean. Exotic fish, beautiful coral reefs, long lost sunken ships filled with mysterious treasures. Scuba diving allows you to experience all of these sights up close and personal. But if you have dental issues, you may be in for some serious dental pain.

Breathing Apparatus and Jaw Pain

Air regulators are standard, and are not fit to your mouth. Not only that, but they are bulky, and require you to keep a constant firm bite on them in order to hold them in place. If you bite down too hard, and maintain that pressure, it can lead to jaw pain, a condition known as temporomandibular disorder.

The joint at which your lower jaw meets your skull can experience pain even when not in the water, such as pain while eating, facial pain and even difficulty moving your mouth.

Deeper Water, Higher Pressure
Tooth squeeze is another common issue associated with diving. The deeper underwater you go, the higher the pressure you experience. If you have a large cavity, cracks in your teeth, a broken restoration (filling, crown, etc.), gum disease or an abscess, the extra pressure can really cause you some serious pain. It is even possible that the pressure experienced underwater can cause a filling to fracture a tooth.

Seek Dental Help

While there are some health prerequisites before you are cleared for diving, there are none for dental health. For this reason, it is important to take it upon yourself to get a complete oral exam before you jump in the water. Your dentist will be able to spot potential problems, such as cavities, signs of gum disease or damaged restorations, and fix them, helping to boost your overall oral health. And a healthier mouth can mean less pain in the depths of the ocean.

Informing your dentist about your next scuba excursion before you head out on the water could save you from significant pain. And with less dental pain, you are sure to enjoy your time underwater.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about scuba diving's effects on your oral health.









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