Training to Become a Scuba Diver? Start at the Dentist

A pilot research project from the Buffalo University has revealed that forty percent of scuba divers exhibit dental concerns while in water. This can be attributed to the continual clenching of jaw, coupled with frequent alterations of the sea’s atmospheric pressure. Divers could encounter tooth, jaw and gum sores, or even get their dental fillings fractured. Vinisha Ranna, a Dental Medicine student and lead author of the study, asserts that recreational divers should first visit the dentist before they partake in the aforementioned activity. Ranna attributes the study to her first scuba diving experience back in 2013, where she suffered a condition referred to as barodontalgia (exertion on the teeth).

Published investigations on diving dental symptoms are rare, plus they appear to solely cater for the military endeavors. Determined to craft her own research, she administered questionnaires to certified recreation divers. Her main aim was to determine dental concerns experienced in the diving undertaking, and also unravel details on how or when they occur. Forty two percent of the project participants exhibited barodontalgia, while twenty four percent experienced jaw sores from the firm grasping of the air regulator. Five percent reported the slacking of their crowns, with one person mentioned of a cloven dental filling.




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