Monthly Archives: January 2017

Can Scuba Diving Negatively Impact your Dental Health?

Can Scuba Diving Negatively Impact your Dental Health?

While scuba diving isn’t at the top of most of our patients’ to-do lists with Prescott, Arizona being as land and mountain locked as it is. (Unless you want to explore the murky shallows of Watson or Lynx lake). However, for those of you who do like to scuba dive, or are just curious about the subject matter, read on about some interesting new findings from a study published by the University at Buffalo.

As it turns out, a high number of scuba divers experience symptoms of oral discomfort and even more severe conditions after or during a dive. One example of one such symptom is a squeezing sensation in the teeth called barodontalgia. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that some of these symptoms can occur, considering the large difference of pressure felt the deeper one dives. Also that the supply regulator is held with the teeth.

According to the study, a surprisingly high 41% of respondents reported experiencing dental problems after scuba diving. Most of them reported symptoms of barodontalgia (42%), another 22% reported jaw pain and about one fourth had problems relating to holding the air regulator. Other more serious issues like broken fillings and loosened crowns were also reported. The molars were the most commonly affected teeth.

While a dental exam is not a requirement of your pre-certification medical checkup, it is recommended that you visit your dentist before diving considering the prevalence of problems. Are you considering your first dive? Or are you simply overdue for your general checkup? Schedule your appointment with Prescott Dentistry today!

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New Year’s Resolutions from Your Top Prescott Dentist!

New Year’s Resolutions from Your Top Prescott Dentist | Really start Flossing

It’s that time of year again! You finished and sent your list to Santa, and now it’s time to list out your resolutions for the new year! No time like the present (2017) to make a few positive changes in your life. Why not start with a few resolutions your top Prescott dentist, Prescott Dentistry, recommends? We all have room for improvement, after all, a recent national study revealed that only 40% of adults floss daily! If that’s you, flossing might be one place you want to start! Here are your new year’s dental resolutions.

1. Modify your Diet

And no, we don’t mean try the latest diet fad or juice cleanse. You don’t have to cut out everything under the sun to to positively change your eating habits! Simply cut back on your intake of sugary foods and increase your intake of foods that are calcium rich like broccoli, almonds and leafy greens. Foods that are fibrous like celery are also very tooth-friendly because they scrub plaque and stimulate saliva creation.

2. Really Start Flossing

No one’s making any accusations here but… do you actually floss? The same study that indicated that only 40% of adults floss daily also stated that roughly one fourth of adults lie to their dentist about flossing. Which makes that first 40% number even a little suspect! No judgements if you’re part of that one fourth, just use this year as a wake up call to start flossing and save yourself a lot of dental work now and in the future!

3. Break the Tobacco Habit

This one’s pretty obvious, especially if you read our recent article about how Smoking Mutates your DNA. Aside from the fact that 6,000,000 people die each year due to cigarette related cancers, smoking also doubles your chances of suffering from gum disease according to the CDC. Break the habit before it’s too late.

Tell us about all of your resolutions–dental or otherwise–at your next appointment with your top Prescott dentist, Prescott Dentistry!

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