Tooth squeeze, also known as barodontalgia, is a rare dental issue that many pilots, scuba divers, mountain climbers, and submariners experience. It often occurs when there is a dramatic change in altitude. If you are high in the sky or deep in the water, the air pressure can mess with the air pockets in your teeth, making them expand or contract. This can cause tooth pain and discomfort.
To help you prevent or deal with this dental issue, our Smile Time Family Dentistry dental team encourages you to do the following things:
Before Your Adventure
-Get a dental exam: If you get a dental exam before your adventure, your dentist, Dr. Wendy McCurdy, can identify and treat any signs of decay and infection and she can replace old dental crowns and fillings if necessary.
-Maintain your oral health: Make sure to keep up on oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing once a day. It’s also vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. Keeping up on oral hygiene and visiting your dentist can prevent tooth decay and other dental issues.
-Wait after treatment: It’s best to avoid flying or diving for at least 24 hours after you’ve received a treatment that involved anesthetic. We also recommend waiting for at least one week if you received an oral surgery treatment.
During and After Your Adventure
-Avoid consuming hot or cold products: Sudden temperature changes in your mouth can make the pain worse, so it’s best to avoid eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. You’ll have better luck sticking to room-temperature snacks.
-Visit your dentist ASAP: Once you’re on land, it’s best to make an emergency appointment with your dentist. This gives her the opportunity to fix any loose restorations and treat the causes of your pain.
Call our office today at 601-583-2000 if you would like to learn more about tooth squeeze in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Wendy McCurdy, if you’re suffering from this dental issue and need it fixed. Our team is happy to help you!