Posted on 10/30/2019 by Northstar Dental
|Do you go scuba diving a lot? If you do, then you are one of the 4 million Americans that enjoy the sport. To be sure, it's an enjoyable sport and a great experience overall. However, you should be careful because you could be at risk of getting something called diver's mouth.
If you've even gone scuba diving and then come out experiencing a bit of pain in your jaw joint, your gum tissue might be lacerated, and your teeth may be in pain.
Diver's mouth is caused by the change in air pressure that comes about as a result of scuba diving. Scuba diving equipment includes an oxygen tank and a little mouthpiece that you bite down on. However, these mouthpieces can often be too small and lead to the diver biting down rather too hard on them. The result is that they get gum lacerations and pain in their jaw joints.
Common Symptoms of Diver's Mouth
As a diver, you might not feel the discomfort very much when you go diving because you will be too preoccupied with the great sights under the water. However, you may realize that you're feeling a bit of pain in your mouth as soon as you get out of the water. This pain is caused by your clenching too hard down on the mouthpiece while you're diving.
If the pain persists for more than 3 days, then you should visit our offices immediately for a checkup. If you don't come to our offices soon enough you might suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome, which is also known as diver's mouth.
Once you visit our offices, it is possible for us to construct a custom mouthpiece for you that fits the size of your mouth and is a lot more comfortable. That significantly reduces the risk of you getting diver's mouth.