High and low altitudes can affect more than just your ears. In fact, it can affect your teeth as well. If you have loose or damaged dental restorations in your mouth or if you are a victim of tooth decay, then the air pockets in your teeth can expand or contract with the change in altitude, resulting in pain and discomfort. So, if you’re planning on flying, scuba diving, mountain climbing, or riding in a submarine, then our Gill Family Dentistry team encourages you to prevent and fight the dental issue known as tooth squeeze.
Before Your Adventure
-Get a dental exam: Your dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill, 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. Amandeep Gill can fix any loose dental restorations and can treat the cause of your pain.
To learn more about tooth squeeze in Modesto, California, please remember to call our office today at (209) 549-1721. Your dentist, Dr. Amandeep Gill, and our dental team are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!