This may sound a bit too familiar.
You're on an airplane, ready for your vacation or business trip. But, as the plan starts ascending, you start experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity.
The problem is not that uncommon, and many people report some level of oral health discomfort while flying.
But why does it happen?
Here's what you need to know.
You can blame your toothache on the changes in air pressure. But only partially. Here's why.
The cabin pressure in an airplane is adapted to mimic the air pressure at sea level. This is an essential process to ensure that the passengers and crew can feel and breathe comfortably during the flight. However, these changes in air pressure can cause tooth and sinuses discomfort.
When the air gets stuck inside a small crack or crevice inside your tooth and then expands as the plane ascends and the cabin pressure changes, then you may experience pain.
Here's why we said that cabin pressure can only be partially blamed for your tooth discomfort. A healthy tooth isn't affected by changes in the air pressure. For the air to sneak in and get trapped, it will need a gateway to the tooth. And that gateway can be facilitated by:
The most important thing is to realize that tooth pain while flying is an indication of a dental problem. So, book an appointment for a check up with your dentist in Valparaiso as soon as you land. In the meantime, you can try the following tricks to reduce your discomfort:
A lot of people forget to check their dental health after experiencing tooth pain while flying simply because the discomfort disappears once they are on land again. But the problem is there, and it will only grow bigger if left untreated.
The team at Brad Wisowaty DDS LLC cares about your oral health and wants you to enjoy a beautiful and lasting smile.
Get in touch with us now, tell us about your problem, and we will make sure to restore your oral health.
"I am a dentist who loves being a dentist. No judging, no moral high horse. Just honest, quality dental care provided with passion."
– Dr. Brad Wisowaty