Tooth squeeze, also known as barodontalgia, is a rare dental issue that occurs when you have a drastic change in altitude. It is most common for scuba divers, mountain climbers, pilots, and submariners. It occurs when you have air pockets in your teeth from loose or damaged dental work or even tooth decay. When you are at a high or low altitude, the air in your teeth expands or contracts, causing pain and discomfort.
To help you prevent and fight this dental issue, our Tao Sun, DDS dental team encourages you to do the following things:
Before Your Adventure
-Get a dental exam: Your dentist, Dr. Tao Sun, can thoroughly examine your mouth and treat any issues if necessary, including by replacing old fillings or old dental crowns. Your dentist can also treat infection.
-Maintain your oral health: Make sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. It’s also vital that you receive a dental cleaning and exam every six months. Regular dental visits and oral hygiene can help you prevent tooth decay and other dental issues.
-Wait after treatment: If you have received some type of dental treatment involving anesthesia, then it’s best to avoid flying or diving for at least 24 hours. If you underwent some type of oral surgery, you should wait at least 7 days.
During and After Your Adventure
-Avoid consuming hot or cold products: It’s recommended to avoid eating or drinking hot or cold products because the sudden change in temperature can make the pain worse. So, if you’re on a flight, skip the coffee and ice cream and stick to room-temperature products.
-Visit your dentist ASAP: Once you’re on land, visit your dentist as soon as you can. Dr. Tao Sun can fix any loose dental restorations and can treat the cause of your pain.
For more information about tooth squeeze in Costa Mesa, California, please remember that you can always call our office at 949-645-8887 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Tao Sun. We’re happy to help you!