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You may not know this, but your smile could be in danger while you’re at the swimming pool. It’s true! There are several problems that could occur while you’re enjoying yourself in the water. Whether you are swimming in a school gym or at your local recreation center there are things you can do to protect your smile while in the pool:

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.

Mouth injuries: High-contact water sports, like water polo and water volleyball, can increase your risk of experiencing a dental emergency. This is because a hard or forceful object can hit your mouth and chip, fracture, or knock out one or more of your teeth. It could also harm your jaws. This is why it’s important to wear a mouthguard while you play.

Lost dental appliances: Remember to take retainers and other dental appliances out of your mouth before you swim. This will help you reduce your chances of losing your appliance while you’re in the water. It will also help you reduce your chances of damaging or ruining it.

It’s best to avoid these issues at all costs. If you need help doing so or if you would like to learn more about how to maintain a healthy smile while you’re swimming in Price, Utah, please call Price Pediatric Dentistry at 435.637.9590 and talk to Dr. Trace M. Lund or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!