Planning a vacation usually includes the assumption that you are going to feel your best so you can enjoy the journey. While there are many things that you can control on the trip, your health might not cooperate. Unfortunately, for some people, traveling on an airplane becomes one of the most painful experiences they will ever have. Why? Because they suffer from a toothache while they are in the air.
Blame Cabin Pressure
Airplane cabins are pressurized to provide a healthy environment for travelers. However, trouble arises as the pressure in the cabin changes. Your body’s air pressure must equate to the pressure in the cabin. This is why some experience increased pain, such as pressure in the ears, during ascent and descent.
When it comes to your dental health, there are two primary concerns that might point to the possibility of having pain while you are in the air – tooth decay or previous dental work. When you have tooth decay, air can become trapped in the teeth. The same thing can happen when you have dental work done and there is an open space between the fix and the tooth or other structures.
A Proactive Approach
The best thing you can do if you are worried about tooth pain during a flight is to visit your dentist before you leave. Even if you haven’t ever experienced in-flight pain, you should get a check-up, especially if you have any older fillings. If a filling has microscopic holes, that can lead to trapped air. Interestingly, if you have any issues with your sinuses, you should visit your doctor because sinus pressure can sometimes manifest as tooth pain.
If you are going on a trip soon and have tooth sensitivity or a full-blown toothache, contact Dr. Tricia Boyce at Riverdale Park Dental. We can get you in the office for an appointment and provide you with relief before your journey. Plus, if you ever have family or friends visiting in the area and they experienced tooth pain on the flight here, contact our office. We are happy to help address their problem so they will not have a painful flight home.