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    October 25, 2011

    SCUBA diving and your teeth, mouth and jaws


    SCUBA Diving and your mouth, teeth and jaws.

    Due to the pressure changes and the mouthpiece, SCUBA diving can have some dental consequences. Please have a dental check up before you SCUBA dive to avoid jaw and teeth problems. www.mdtdentalsurgery.com.au


    1.    Refrain from diving for 24 hours after a filling that requires an anaesthetic

    2.     Do not dive when you have temporary fillings, incomplete Root Canal Therapies or temporary crowns

    3.     Do not dive within 7 days of surgery including tooth extraction, implant placement and gum surgery

    4.     Faulty fillings, infection and decay can become painful during ascent or descent

    5.     Sinus aching and middle ear pain, and headaches can be caused by SCUBA diving and mostly is due to the changes in pressure but it can also indicate an underlying problem.

    6.     Take out all removable dental plates including dentures, splints and retainers before diving

    7.     SCUBA divers should be very mindful of the infectious nature of the mouthpiece.  I would strongly recommend the use of a private mouthpiece. Herpes, Hepatitis B and many other illnesses are potentially transmitted. This is also relevant for snorkelling!

    8.     The mouthpiece can also cause or increase jaw joint pain. This is related to the pushing forward of the lower jaw and the biting force which is often present on extended dives. Custom designed mouthpieces are available but should also be able to be used by your buddy in emergency situations.

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