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If you participate in swimming in a pool for sport or recreation, exercise or stress relief, there are some things you should know. While swimming is healthy for your body, it is not necessarily healthy for your smile. In fact, there are many dental issues that could occur while you’re enjoying yourself at the pool. Let’s take a look at how you can protect your smile!

Mouth injuries: As you may already know, running by the swimming pool can make you slip and fall. Oftentimes, you can bang your mouth on the concrete and cause major dental injuries. So, please don’t run by the pool. Also, if you play high-contact sports in the water, like water polo or water volleyball, the ball or another hard object can hit your mouth and cause teeth and jaw injuries. It’s best to wear a mouthguard while you play.

Lost dental appliances: If you wear dental appliances, like dentures or a retainer, it’s best to take them out of your mouth before you get into the swimming pool. If you forget, there is a chance you could lose them while you’re swimming. In addition, the chlorine can damage plastic appliances.

Swimmer’s calculus: The longer you’re in chlorinated water, the more likely your teeth are to develop swimmer’s calculus. Swimmer’s calculus is a dental issue that occurs when you spend six or more hours in chlorinated water in a week. The chlorine deposits residue on your teeth and turns them yellow or brown. This can give you a discolored smile and can increase your chances of developing gum disease. If you notice discoloration in your smile, it’s best to call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

Tooth sensitivity: Too much chlorine can cause tooth sensitivity. This is because the chlorine can wear away your tooth enamel and make your teeth brittle and sensitive. This is why it’s important to make sure the chlorine levels in the pool are checked by a professional.

As you can see, your smile can suffer at the pool if you’re not careful. For more tips and information about how to maintain a healthy smile while you’re swimming in Dodge City, Kansas, please call First Dental at 620-225-5154 and talk to a member of our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler if you have any questions or concerns. We’re happy to help you!