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The holidays are a time for joining with friends and family, and reportedly this upcoming holiday travel season will be the busiest in 15 years.
Checking your oral health status might seem like an odd way to prepare for a vacation or business trip, but a professional evaluation could save travellers from dealing with painful tooth problems.
What Causes In-Flight Tooth Pain?
Any type of tooth pain can be aggravated by airplane travel, and new problems can crop up during a flight.
Changes in cabin air pressure can affect every part of your body. If you’ve ever felt your ears pop during a flight, you get an idea of how this phenomenon works.
Teeth that are decayed or infected often have microscopic air pockets. Fillings, crowns and other dental work can also have trapped air inside. On the ground, you might not notice. But in the air, cabin pressure changes can exacerbate these problems and cause you to experience sudden, unexplained pain.
What Can You Do if a Toothache Develops?
When your ears pop or you experience sinus pain on a flight, chewing a stick of gum can provide relief. But chewing gum won’t get rid of the trapped air in your teeth. Consequently, it won’t help with the toothache pain — and it could make your tooth problems worse.
If you develop an in-flight toothache, try taking over-the-counter pain medication. You might also ask for some ice to apply to the affected area. Once the plane lands, call your oral surgeon for advice. Depending upon your symptoms, you may need to contact an oral health care professional in your destination city for an emergency appointment.
Can In-Flight Tooth Pain Be Prevented?
To avoid suffering a toothache on your next flight, take care of your oral health in advance. Visit your oral surgeon or dental professional for an exam and get treatment for any gum and tooth problems well in advance of your flight.
Ask anyone who’s ever flown with a toothache — it can be incredibly painful, enough to ruin a trip. So before heading out on a vacation or business trip, take the time to get an oral health care evaluation, because you won’t want to worry about tooth pain while you’re traveling.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!