Tooth Squeeze: How to Prevent and Fight It

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Did you know your teeth can suffer at high or low altitudes, just like your ears? Well, it’s true! It’s called tooth squeeze, also known as barodontalgia. This dental issue occurs when the air pockets in your teeth expand or contract due to the high or low air pressure. It’s common for scuba divers, pilots, mountain climbers, and submariners.

To help you prevent or fight this dental issue when you’re planning on having a dramatic change in altitude in the near future, our Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC 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. Mark DeVuyst, can identify and treat any signs of decay and infection and he 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 him the opportunity to fix any loose restorations and treat the causes of your pain.

Tooth squeeze in Clinton Township, Michigan, can be annoying, painful, and inconvenient, so if you would like to learn more about how to prevent and fight it, please call our office today at 586-416-1625 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Mark DeVuyst. Our dental team is more than happy to help you!