Elevation changes may lead to tooth pain or a condition known as barodontalgia. If you are an avid runner, you may find that your teeth hurt every time you run at elevation. In many cases, the pain associated with a high altitude toothaches is caused by air that is trapped inside of a filling or cavity. Due to the fact that teeth cannot expand to accommodate pressure changes, the buildup of pressure may lead to intense pain in fillings or root canals that have been performed poorly.
You may notice that when you return to ground level, your pain completely stops. Even if this is true, it’s essential to visit a dentist as soon as possible, if you experience barodontalgia. A dentist can evaluate your teeth, mouth, and gums and determine whether there is an underlying condition that is causing your pain.
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent this condition. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Also, visit the dentist every six months or so for regular exams and cleanings.
Although running is a great exercise that can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your cardiovascular health, you shouldn’t continue to run at elevation if your teeth hurt until you find out the underlying condition that’s causing it and take certain steps to prevent the pain.
If you have further questions about teeth pain and running at elevation, feel free to contact Dr. Brian Levitin at Mile High Smiles.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.