Scuba Dental Issues?

There are countless dangers of scuba diving, as anyone who’s ever dipped beneath the surface will tell you. In fact, you needn’t even dip a finger in the water to know about the constant threat of sharks, the faults in air delivery systems, or the chance of becoming trapped underwater by shifting debris. All you need to do is watch any thriller or action movie with an underwater scene to become acutely aware of the risks that underwater adventures pose.

Now, health researchers led by a graduate student at the University of Buffalo in the American state of New York have concluded that the conditions present in scuba diving aggravate and exacerbate dental issues to sometimes severe degrees.

No doubt any diver has experienced some discomfort in the water. Chafing suits, jaw ache, and joint soreness are all common side effects of underwater adventure. Since certified divers must go through a health exam to receive their official paperwork, most people underwater these days don’t have anything to worry about from those.

The problem, it seems, is that divers with otherwise subtle aches, pains or residual issues find those symptoms and problems magnified and multiplied by being underwater. Researchers found that nearly half of all recreational divers in a wide survey reported experiencing dental problems underwater.

A lot of the problems reported by divers in the survey were pretty standard things that we’ve all experienced, like jaw soreness, stiff neck muscles or other pain that’s a result of clutching the respirator tightly underwater. On the other hand, a number of divers ended up with severe issues like broken fillings, crowns, and phenomenon called “barodontalgia”. In layman’s terms, it’s referred to as underwater toothache. It’s something people with a persisting and pre-existing condition often experience due to high pressures underwater. For instance, someone with a cavity or root issue would feel a sharp increase in pain symptoms underwater as opposed to on land. That was a pretty good chunk of respondents, too. 42% of people who were among the original 41% of respondents who said they’d experienced dental issues underwater qualified for barodontalgia, which works out to about a quarter of all surveyed divers claiming they’d experienced that exacerbated pain reaction.

What’s causing all those issues? Researchers say it’s a combination of the high pressure environment, the fact that divers clench their jaw, and the dryness of the air from your tanks. It also has a lot to do with the changes in pressure, rather than the level of pressure itself. That’s why researchers found that dive instructors who frequently experience fluctuations at shallower depths where the differences are most dramatic also reported the highest incidences of pain.

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The best dive gear now available at Sharma

As the weather heats up and we begin heading toward another fantastic dive season, it’s a fantastic time to stop by Sharma Scuba to see all the latest and greatest diving gear we’ve stocked. We’re the premiere diving stockists in Cornwall, and it doesn’t take more than a glance around the shop to see for why we’re constantly receiving praise for having the best selection in the West Country!

Sharma Scuba carries all manner of dive gear from full body suits, fins, masks and snorkels to technical equipment like dive computers and air assemblies for the most challenging descents. To give you even more incentive to come visit us this spring, we hope you’ll be as excited as we are to see what we’ve got stocked for you!

As always, we’ve got a full selection of fins, including the latest from Cressi that we’re super excited about. They’re made in Italy just like older Cressi fins, but the new lineup are made with a special molding process that uses multiple materials without leaving any seams. That means the days of having to deal with disintegrating fins in the name of technical developments is a thing of the past! We’re stocking all the different models from this year’s lineup, so every diver can take advantage of these new technical advances, whether you’re a casual paddler or a technical pro.

We’re also pleased to have all the latest dive computers in stock, including the new Suunto Eon Steel, which is one of the most exciting machines our instructors say they have used in their careers! Come in and check it out before you head on your next technical trip. If you’re the sort of diver who likes to keep things simple, we’ve also got the updated Cressi Giotto and Suunto Zoop editions, which are improvements on two of our best-selling computers. Check out to see what we’re talking about!

If you haven’t dived with a computer before, you’re a perfect candidate for the workshop we’ll be offering every Sunday through the dive season. Head out with one of our trained instructors and learn how to use dive computers to keep yourself safe underwater. It’s also an opportunity to test drive some of the systems we carry in the store and figure out what you want out of your computer.

This season, we’re also pleased to start carrying dive watches as well as computers, so that’s exciting for any timepiece fans. We’ve partnered with Seiko to stock most of their range, and our shop staff have been trained to answer any questions you may have about the premium timepieces from Seiko.

This season, we’re putting a special spotlight on our new Cressi product showcase. We’ve been stocking Cressi products and using them in the dive school for years now, but we’re so very pleased to announce that we’re now an official partner retailer, which means that we’re devoting a whole wall of the shop to the brand, and we’re allowed to carry exclusives from Cressi that you can’t find at other UK dive shops.

Check out the new showcase next time you’re in town! We’ve got the full range of fins, as mentioned, and we’ve also set up a big swivel rack of all the masks Cressi have this year, and there are some great ones in. No matter what kind of valve or face design you prefer, there’s something for everybody. There’s snorkels as well, with some incredibly affordable choices for Italian-made products of the highest quality.

We’ve also expanded our Kids section with lots of full-face masks for new snorkelers. And for those who hate the current slew of knock-offs in the online marketplace, rest assured that we only carry the original full-face masks, no imitations!

Visit us today to see lots more new and exciting products as well as popular classics! Need good quality, tried and tested dive watches? Visit this page.

The Best Scuba Diving Destinations To Visit This Year

All of us who work and play at Sharma Scuba have a deep love for scuba diving around the Cornwall region. It’s why we live here, and it’s why we can’t wait to hit the water on our days off. Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it’s a diver’s treasure with so many natural sights and ancient historical spots to visit. But for you holidays this year, we asked our instructors to come up with a list of their must-dive spots that you should consider making your holiday destination! These are scattered all around the world, and we like them for a whole range of reasons!

  1. Cocos Island, in Costa Rica

Cocos Island is so beautiful and dramatic that it was used as source material for the island in Jurassic Park! It’s got heights up to 3000 feet above sea level, even though it’s only 4 miles across. There are steep drop offs around  the island, which means you can dive close to shore in calm water, and there are lots of shark species to watch as well! Since it’s part of a national park, nobody is allowed to lodge on the island. You can’t stay inland, but if you take your trip with a nice big sleeping boat, it’s an unspoiled paradise to explore when you’re not underwater

2. Palau Archipelago

Palau is an island nation on a chain of islands in the Western Pacific, where scuba divers go to see their wildest dreams realized! It has some of the greatest biodiversity anywhere on the planet. There are over 1500 fish species circling the islands, so there is always something exciting to see. There are also lots of inanimate sites to explore, like ships wrecked in WWII, or Jellyfish Lake, which is full of hundreds and hundreds of jellyfish that won’t sting you, so you can dive among them! The Blue Wall of Palau is another popular spot, with an attractive upswell and thick coral that’s host to many exotic species!

3. Magnetic Island, Australia

Of course, there’s nothing quite like diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but over-crowding has meant that many parts of the GBR are closed to tourists right now. Magnetic Island is a suitable replacement for Australian adventure, and it has some very attractive perks of its own. There’s a century-old shipwreck to explore off the island! The S. S. Yongala sank in 1911, after it hit a cyclone unawares. Now you can swim in it, and observe the many fish species that make their home in its sanctuary! Visibility is usually excellent around Magnetic Island, and it’s easy to access from coastal Queensland, where there are lots of places to stay while you visit.

4. Wreck of the Thistlegorm, in Egypt’s Red Sea

The Thistlegorm is one of the most interesting wrecks for advanced divers to explore, as it’s simply chock-full of fascinating finds. Bound for the front lines when it sank in 1939, it had guns, bikes, lorries, and even rail cars onboard. They’re all lying beneath the waves for you to peruse. There are lots of currents at play around the wreck, which makes it a challenge, but it’s a nice way for the advanced diver to improve skills with scuba equipment while seeing some fantastic sights! While you’re in Egypt, you can make a nice double-header by paying a visit to the wreck of the Yolanda, also in the Red Sea. It was carrying a full load of toilets when it sank to its watery grave.

5. Silfra, Iceland

This is a favorite among our instructors as it has the novelty of being the only place in the world where you can actually dive between continental plates of the Earth’s crust! Between the Eurasian and American plates, this lagoon offers fantastic visibility and some fascinating sites. As one of our instructors likes to say, “in Iceland, you really get a sense of the beginnings and ends of the Earth”. You can see for 120m unimpeded, and it’s a whole lot warmer than you might think, though you’ll need a guide and a thermal suit to take the plunge.