First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist’s Office?



“Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but there are no dental health prerequisites,” added Ranna, lead author of a new study on the subject.

Ranna is a student in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York. She now advises scuba divers to seek dental care before diving if they have issues such as tooth decay or need restorations.

After wondering about the odd dental sensation she felt during her initial 2013 dive, Ranna and her colleagues contacted 100 certified recreational divers and asked them about dental symptoms. Forty-one said they’d had dental symptoms.


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