Get a dental check before scuba-diving

COULD scuba-diving be damaging your teeth?

It may be a favoured holiday past time for many, but a study has found that around four in 10 people who dive suffer dental problems afterwards such as jaw pain and broken fillers. This is believed to be caused by the fluctuations in pressure underwater that can lead to air pockets in the roots of teeth causing a condition known as ‘tooth squeeze’.

This can become painful for those with cavities, broken or temporary fillings or an abscess. This, combined with some divers clenching their teeth against the mouthpiece can cause damage especially as in many cases the regulator is not the correct size for a diver.

The study looked at the more inexperienced who dive for recreational fun rather than professionals or those who do it for a living.  

The report, published in the British Dental Journal, concluded that recreational divers should consider consulting their dentist before scuba-diving.

 

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