Scuba Divers & Dental Health

Scuba Divers Can Experience Dental Problems At Times You Least Expect it


Recent Article at Spears Education Dental Magazine raised a question for all scuba divers enthusiasts. How many of you experiencing dental problems and discomfort during your dives due to jaw clenching or atmospheric pressure changes?

University at Buffalo - School Of Dental Medicine conducted a recent study of 100 online participants in their dental study.  The goal of the study was to see if scuba divers experience any dental pains or discomfort during a dive. It was interesting to see following results:

  • 41% of all participants experiences some kind of dental symptoms
  • 42% experienced Barodontalgia - also commonly known as tooth squeeze - is a pain in tooth from changed in ambient pressure
  • 24% described dental pains from holding regulator too tightly
  • 21% jaw pains
  • 5% reported loose dental crowns
  • 1 % reported loose dental filling

We have several of our friends, who are a scuba divers and we are asking you guys, if you had experienced any of the above symptoms during your diving trips? Have you had any dental pains? Any Dental symptoms such as loose dental crowns or lost dental feelings?

The article brings up an important point, that there is no requirement to have a dental check up before obtaining your scuba diving certification.  It's up to each individual to stay on top of their regular dental check ups and make sure to visit your dentist before heading down for a dive.

Reason behind it, if you left some dental work for later or did not know you had a cracked or damaged tooth, there is a good chance you will discover it when you under water. I don't know about you, but it feels like the wrong time to me to regret skipped dental appointment when you 100 feet under the water. 

The dental research team at Buffalo University is in the process of conducting a more thorough follow up study with 1000 participants to see if those numbers can reflect more conclusive data, in any case of you would like to read more on that dental article following the link below. This study was also published by British Dental Journal

If you booked your trip and going for a dive in near future, stop by our Burlington dentist office at Lakefront Family Dental, located at 2128 Old Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, Ontario - to make sure you do not come across of unexpected dental problems, especially for those travellers that do not visit dentist regularly. 

Good luck, be safe & courteous to our planet while you dive.  Make sure you have tons of fun

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