What does the weather have to do with toothache?

People who fly or scuba dive know firsthand how changes in atmospheric pressure can affect the body.

Austrian scientists interviewed patients who had gone to a dental emergency clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, from January to March 2005. They also looked at local weather records for the same time period, specifically the average air pressure for each day and the actual air pressure for each day. The scientists then compared the air pressure data for each day with the amount of tooth pain reported by patients.

They concluded there is a correlation between deviations in air pressure and the amount of tooth pain reported. If the air pressure for a given day deviates significantly from the norm, then the level of dental pain that is reported increases accordingly.

If you have been experiencing tooth pain during pressure change events, call to make an appointment for an examination to ensure there is no underlying problem causing your discomfort. 08 9349 6686

– Dr. Anton Esterhuysen