April 2017: Dental visit recommended for scuba divers prior to underwater trips
A new pilot study published in the British Dental Journal found that 41 percent of divers experienced dental symptoms in the water. The most common symptom was squeezing sensation in the teeth, which is known as barodontalgia. They suspect it’s linked to the constant clenching of the jaw down on the regulator as well as the fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure underwater. The change in pressure can potentially make an unhealthy tooth much more obvious underwater. For this reason they recommend having a routine dental exam before embarking on a scuba trip to minimize discomfort.