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How a Plane Trip Can Impact Your Dental Health

Airline tenantWhile you’re planning your summer vacation, you need to add ‘dental checkup’ to your travel to-do list. While this may seem like a random suggestion, air travel can actually have an impact on your dental health. For example, if you already have a toothache or other dental issues, the changes in atmospheric pressure can cause this pain and sensitivity to worsen.

Air Travel and Toothaches

At normal atmospheric pressure, our organs, bones, and muscles have equalized external pressure. But when our bodies experience atmospheric extremes (such as air travel or scuba diving), you will feel the effects of this pressure. Because your body can’t equalize the pressure like it usually does, the pain and discomfort of a toothache can intensify.

Because of this, we here at Meadows Family Dentistry recommend that you take care of any preexisting dental issues or diseases before you step onto an airplane for a business trip or a summer vacation. Taking action early on can save you a lot of pain, discomfort, and money in the long run.

If you’re experiencing a toothache or are planning to travel in the next few weeks, please schedule a dental cleaning and a checkup here at Meadows Family Dentistry. Our general dental office is located in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado.

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