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Do You Know That Swimming Can Affect Your Dental Health?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
Do You Know That Swimming Can Affect Your Dental Health?You may have heard that it is important for you to wear sports mouth guards when you are participating in physical activities and contact sports. However, did you know that swimming can also harm your teeth?

To make sure your teeth always remain healthy and strong, let us take a look at what can damage your teeth during swimming.

Swimmer's Calculus

This happens when chlorine from the swimming pool deposits on your teeth, turning them yellow or brown. However, this is very easy to prevent. To prevent swimmer's calculus, make sure the water in your swimming pool has a pH level between 7.2 and 7.8. keep your mouth closed when swimming and rinse your mouth after you come out from the pool.

Enamel Erosion

Chlorine doesn't just turn your teeth tan, it can also contribute towards enamel erosion. This can lead to sensitive teeth and an increased risk of tooth decay. Once again, the best way to prevent enamel erosion is to keep the pH in your swimming pool at the right level. Also, keep your mouth closed when swimming.

Tooth Squeeze

This condition is also known as “barodontalgia” and it occurs when the air pockets in your teeth expand or contract due to changes between water pressure and outside pressure. This can cause tooth pain, and damage to the dentin of the tooth. If you have any dental filling or dental crowns, they may also crack.
The condition occurs most commonly in deep-sea divers and snorkelers.

If you experience this, you should get an immediate appointment with Dr. Henricksen and at Henricksen Family Dental so that they may fix the damage to your teeth and restorations quickly.

Damage to Dental Device

If you wear dentures or retainers, it is good practice to remove them when you plan to swim. That's because retainers can be damaged by the chlorine in the water. In addition, dentures can slip loose while you are swimming.

Moreover, it is important for you to keep your routine dental treatment appointments since any oral issues, be they from swimming or any other cause, may be diagnosed and treated at the right time. To schedule an appointment, call us at (360) 740-2119 today.

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