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Did you know swimming could take a toll on your oral health and smile? Well, it’s true. In fact, there are many problems that can occur at the swimming pool. You could experience one or more of the following:

Swimmer’s calculus: Swimmer’s calculus is a dental issue that many experience if they spend more than six hours a week in chlorinated water. This problem occurs when the chlorine deposits residue on your teeth. This can turn them a yellow or brown color and can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you notice that your teeth are darkening, it’s best to call our office and schedule an appointment.

Tooth sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity can occur because too much exposure to chlorine can wear away your tooth enamel and make your teeth brittle and sensitive. You can avoid this issue by making sure the chlorine levels in the pool are safe.

Mouth injuries: Many mouth injuries can occur at the pool, especially if you’re running on the slippery concrete next to the water. If you fall, there is a chance you can hit your mouth and injure your teeth and jaws. So, please don’t run at the pool. Also, if you play contact water sports, like water polo and volleyball, there is a chance a hard object can hit your mouth and cause an injury. It’s best to protect your smile with a mouthguard.

Lost dental appliances: If you have a dental appliance in your mouth, like dentures or a retainer, it’s best to take it out of your mouth before you get into the pool. This will help you reduce your chances of losing your appliance in the water. In addition, it can also reduce your chances of ruining or damaging it.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to keep your smile healthy while you’re swimming in Chula Vista, California, please call Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc. at 619.591.8945 and schedule an appointment with our dentist. We are happy to help you in any way we can!