If you are like most Americans this November and December, you most likely will be flying somewhere for the holidays. What you may be surprised to find is that flying can actually impact your teeth and cause pain. The change in pressure and elevation can actually impact any teeth that have problems, like fillings or cavities, or teeth that are extra sensitive.
If you are worried about potentially having tooth pain while flying, please visit your dentist before you fly. Explain where you will be going and make sure the dentist gives you the necessary tips for combating the pain. Along with that, here are a few tips below that should give you piece of mind as you take off this holiday season.
Tip 1: Before the flight, visit the dentist
This seems like a logical tip to do, but a lot of people think they are too busy to visit the dentist before the holiday season. There actually has never been a better time, as you usually need a teeth cleaning and check up anyway. So get out the calendar, call the dentist, and get an appointment scheduled. During this time the dentist can educate you on how to properly take care of your teeth while traveling. If there are any cavities or other tooth work that needs to be completed, make sure you get that scheduled before flying.
Tip 2: Be aware of problem teeth
If you have no particular teeth are experiencing pain or discomfort, you will unlikely not experience any different in pain on the flight. People have found it is usually the problem teeth, the ones with the cavities or fillings, that often cause the most pain on the flight. If you have recently had a mouth procedure done, visit the dentist to receive the necessary recommended painkillers to help when you fly.
Tip 3: Be mindful of what you eat and drink on the flight
Again, this seems like a logical tip, but it is important to remember to watch what you eat and drink while flying. Even healthy teeth can be sensitive in the air, and cold drinks and cold food can make them feel worse. Also try to avoid sugary and acidic drinks that can also cause a lot of discomfort. Water is always best!
Enjoy your time traveling, and most importantly, enjoy your time traveling pain free. These tips and a stop at your dentist should make sure you are all set to enjoy this Christmas season!