Unique challenges in naval military dentistry

Yael Findler-Meir, Michael V. Joachim, Michael Findler, Mordechai Findler, Imad Abu El-Naaj

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Divers are regularly exposed to a unique and changing environment that dentists must consider when treating such patients. This review focuses around two case studies encountered in naval dentistry: (i) diving barotrauma (pressure-induced injury related to an air space); and (ii) scuba diving mouthpiece-related oral conditions. Each condition is described by its effect on the oral cavity and in particular the teeth. Then we generally review the latest literature on the different effects of scuba diving on the diver’s head, face and oral regions and emphasize methods of dental disease prevention, diagnostic tools and treatment guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-381
Number of pages9
JournalUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thanks Prof. Yehuda Zadik, Department of Oral Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine for his advice and guiding in design of this article.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. All rights reserved.


  • barotrauma
  • diving
  • naval dentistry
  • naval medicine


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